Thai court indicts 15 footballers in match-fixing scandal hinh anh 1Thai football fans at a match of World Cup (Source: AFP)

Hanoi (VNA) - A Thai court on July 16 indicted 15 players, a referee and a linesman for involvement in match-fixing in the domestic football league last year.

The Attorney General’s office said in a statement that the 15 footballers were charged with “violating sport and gambling laws and criminal code”.

The penalties could be one to ten years in jail or up to 600,000 THB (18,000 USD) in fines.

All have denied the charges and a trial will convene in September to gather more evidence, said the statement, which did not mention the specific clubs.

In November, the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) said a dozen people had been accused of “receiving money or benefits in order to throw a game.”

But it said more could be swept up in what the national police chief called a “historic” investigation for the sport.

Police said the most paid to players and officials to fix a single game was the equivalent of around 27,000 USD.

The FAT announced details of the case following the 2017 league. -VNA