Tuesday, October 01, 2013


Malaysia FA Convinced Of Cup Tie Match Fixing

The FA of Malaysia (FAM) are “convinced” there are reasons to believe that the Malaysia Cup match between Sarawak and Perak was fixed.

The Group D finale finished with the Crocs notching an emphatic 6-1 win in front of their home fans to see them through to the quarterfinals.

Perak subsequently suspended their entire coaching staff and players after that game, on match fixing suspicions.

While FAM maintain they cannot reveal much information, Integrity Committee chairman Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat hinted of foul play.

Aseh also expressed his hope that the much debated Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) would be passed, giving authorities more power to curb match-fixing.

“It is premature for us to provide details now, as it may compromise the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigations. But for us to go there and collect information, there must be something.

“We have heard many stories, including the possibility of Sarawak also playing a role, but nothing is conclusive. We hope the authorities could complete the investigations soon and bring the perpetrators to face the law.

“There are various approaches to investigate match-fixing. Perak have set a good example for future references and I hope there are results, said Aseh.

The Integrity Committee is set to meet their state counterparts on October 17 to discuss approaches to combat match-fixing, in addition to hearing their problems out as well.

Aseh also sent out a message to match-fixers to stop it, before they face the brunt of the law.

“The previous Ordinance which provides individuals to be kicked out of respective states are no longer available, but I’ve been informed that the PCA includes a provision which allows police to act on match- fixing as well. I hope it gets approved.

“Parties who are reaping the benefits of match-fixing should stop it. We want to clean Malaysian football’s image,” he added.


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