Two former Athlone Town players who were found guilty of breaching FAI rules relating to manipulating matches and gambling, have failed in their appeals against a 12-month suspension.

Both Igors Labuts and Dragos Sfrijan had been found to be in breach of three FAI rules relating to manipulating matches and gambling, as well as bringing the game into disrepute.

The breach concerned Athlone Town's game against Longford Town in the SSE Airtricity League First Division on April 29, 2017.

On Thursday the Independent Disciplinary Appeal Committee met to hear the appeal from the two players.

As Mr Sfrijan did not attend the hearing his appeal was dismissed. Mr Labuts’ appeal was rejected.