Alexander Djiku escapes ban in France

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Ghanaian and Strasbourg defender Alexander Djiku one-match suspension by the Professional Football League (LFP) in France has been lifted after an appeal.

Last week, the LFP announced that Alexander Djiku together with 76 other professional players, team officials and coaches have been sanctioned after they were found guilty of breaching regulations banning footballers and team officials from taking part in sports betting.

“Meeting on November 16, 23 and 30, 2022 and December 7 and 13, 2022, the Disciplinary Commission decided to sanction players, coaches and leaders of professional clubs who have not respected, for the 2020/2021 season, the ban on sports betting imposed by the Sports Code,” read a statement by the LFP.

“This is the thirteenth file crossing, carried out with the help of ANJ and FDJ, since the 2013/2014 season. These offences are committed even though, together, the LFP and the UNFP conduct awareness or information campaigns with clubs on a daily basis.

“The Commission recalls that the actors in competitions organized by the FFF or the LFP (in particular players, coaches, leaders of professional football clubs) are generally prohibited from betting, online or in physical networks, on all football competitions, whether national or foreign,” the statement added.

Nevertheless, the ban has been overturned after a successful appeal. The newest development stipulates that the Ghanaian international will be available for selection when Strasbourg travel to the Parc des Princes to face league leaders PSG on Wednesday, December 27.

Alexander Djiku was part of the team that represented Ghana in the just ended World Cup in Qatar. The center-back made 2 appearances at the competition, playing 90 minutes against Portugal and 7 minutes against South Korea.

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