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Legalbrief   |   your legal news hub Tuesday 20 August 2019

Disgraced footballers jailed

Ten Benin youth team players have been jailed for lying about their age after their team was disqualified from competing in next year's under-17 Africa Cup of Nations finals. A Cotonou court handed down one-month sentences to the players, who were detained in September. A report on the News24 site notes that charges were dropped against other people involved in the case, including a policeman and local politicians. Althanase Soton, who heads a supporter’s association, said the sentence was ‘lenient but educational’. At the same hearing, the former president of Benin's Football Federation, Anjorin Moucharafou, was sentenced to two months in jail on graft charges.