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Asian soccer investigating players using fake passports

Associated Press Associated Press 2/09/2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Asian soccer's governing body says it is investigating players using fake passports to comply with eligibility rules in national team and club competitions.

The Asian Football Confederation has suspended Brazilian forward Wanderley for 60 days "pending a full investigation into his nationality status." Its disciplinary committee is judging the case.

In an Asian Champions League quarterfinal first-leg match last week, Wanderley scored twice to help Al Nasr of the United Arab Emirates beat El Jaish of Qatar 3-0.

The AFC says it acted after authorities in Indonesia said Wanderley's Indonesian passport "was a forged or falsified document."

Al Nasr faces sanctions before the return match in Dubai on Sept. 14.

The AFC news release suggested a trade in fake documents for non-Asian players to comply with a required quota of Asian players in club lineups.

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