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FIFA bans El Salvador coach for two years for role in match-fixing case

Ramon Maradiaga
Ramon Maradiaga has been banned for two years for his role in a match-fixing probe.

FIFA has banned a former El Salvador coach for two years for his role in offering players money to perform well in a World Cup qualifying game, thereby helping his native Honduras.

The ethics committee found Ramon Maradiaga guilty of bribery and corruption and failing to report the plot.

According to the findings, El Salvador's players were offered cash by a third party if they managed to win -- or at least avoid losing by more than two goals -- in a qualifier against Canada because a three-goal...

 By Jason Dasey

Socceroos need to keep Ange, make harsh decisions for 2018 World Cup

After the longest qualifying campaign in their history, Australia secured their place in a fourth consecutive World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Honduras in their second-leg playoff in Sydney on Wednesday night.

Over 22 games, dating back almost two-and-a-half years years, the Socceroos may have looked unconvincing on occasions. However, they did show resilience to negotiate trips to far-off places like Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and hold their nerve in four playoff games.

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Honduras levels spying accusation at Australia: 'It's espionage in football'

It turned out to be a family playing with a rather modern toy, yet Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto has refused to let go of the "embarrassing" drone incident that is causing drama ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifying finale.

Spying allegations were directed at Australia on Monday after the Honduran football association caught sight of a drone hovering above their training session at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

The team promptly tweeted a video of the small device next to the caption: "Australia spy...


Honduras touches down in Sydney 18 hours after rivals Australia

Their journey was longer but the Honduras team didn't appear unduly weary when they arrived in Sydney for Wednesday's do-or-die World Cup playoff second leg clash with the Socceroos.

The Hondurans arrived via commercial flights on Monday morning, more than 18 hours after the Socceroos' specially-equipped charter flight touched down following its hasty post-match departure from Honduras.

The players emerged in team gear and stopped and posed for photographs with around 25 of their cheering fans gathered...