Belgian Put resigns as Jordan coach

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Paul Put has resigned from his role as Jordan's national football team coach following a health setback that would require him to seek constant medical care and supervision (AFP Photo/Ben Stansall)

Paul Put has resigned from his role as Jordan's national football team coach following a health setback that would require him to seek constant medical care and supervision

Paul Put has resigned from his role as Jordan's national football team coach following a health setback that would require him to seek constant medical care and supervision (AFP Photo/Ben Stansall)

Amman (AFP) - Paul Put has resigned from his role as Jordan's national football team coach due to health concerns, Jordan's football association (JFA) announced Wednesday on its website.

The JFA said that assistant coach Abdallah Abu Zema had been appointed caretaker boss, adding that 59-year-old Put had stepped down following a health setback that would require him to seek constant medical care and supervision.

Last month, the Jordanian FA suspended Put pending "clarification" of a prison sentence in his native Belgium for match-fixing.

A Belgian appeals court sentenced Put to a two-year jail term and ordered his immediate arrest for allowing a Chinese businessman to bribe players when he was coach of Lierse, according to the Belga news agency.

Put was one of more than a dozen managers, players, coaches and agents charged in connection with a huge match-fixing scandal dating back to 2004-2006.

He was initially given a two-year suspended sentence but the appeal court ordered him to serve time behind bars.

The Belgian was banned for three years following the scandal.

But world football's governing body FIFA did not extend the ban worldwide, allowing Put to head for Africa where he coached Gambia and then Burkina Faso before being named Jordan coach last June.

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