Alexander Djiku escapes ban over betting scandal

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The one-match ban that was placed on Black Stars and Racing Strasbourg defender Alexander Djiku after a betting incident has been overturned.

His team successfully appealed to the Ligue Nationale de Football Association of France, so that he could play.

Djiku, age 28, was suspended for one game after he and 75 other players, coaches, and club officials were penalized by the Professional Football League (LFP) for their participation in betting during the 2020-21 season.

A statement from the LFP on the suspensions said: “These offences were committed even though, together, the LFP and the UNFP (the players’ union) have carried out awareness or information campaigns with the clubs on a daily basis.

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“The Commission recalls that the actors of the competitions organized by the FFF or the LFP (in particular the players, coaches, managers of professional football clubs) have a general ban on betting, online or in physical networks, on all football competitions, whether domestic or foreign.”

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His team successfully appealed the suspension, and he will be eligible to play tomorrow in the French Ligue 1 against PSG, the league leaders.

Alexander Kwabena Baidoo Djiku made his Black Stars debut on October 9, 2020, in a 3-0 defeat to Mali in a friendly.

He has played 20 times for Ghana, scoring once, and he made his World Cup debut last month in Qatar, appearing in both of Ghana’s games (starting the first against Portugal and coming off the bench for the second against South Korea).

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Djiku started 14 games last season for the Racing Strasbourg team that finished sixth in Ligue 1.

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