- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Stadium closures, disqualification, match replay, and stripping of titles and prize money are new sanctions adopted by the Asian Football Confederation in an update of its disciplinary code.

The executive committee approved the moves last month, and announced them on Friday.

The code was broadened to cover not only matches, but also international friendlies, and all AFC functions and courses. The AFC said the code aligns with recent judgments of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

There are penalties now for harming match officials, entering the field during a brawl, plus new offenses introduced to reinforce the fight against match-fixing, including a new ban on betting, and any indirect involvement in betting.

Other new sanctions against clubs include preventing or restricting registering new players, and withdrawal of a licence.

It comes into effect on Jan. 1.

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