FAM ORDERS PROBE ON MISC-MIFA TEAM
FAM tell integrity department to probe allegations of match-fixing involving MISC-MIFA team
SHOCKED by MISC-MIFA coach Jacob Joseph’s disclosure about the possibility of match-fixing in his team, the FA of Malaysia (FAM) will deploy their integrity department to investigate the claim.
FAM general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin was surprised with Joseph’s revelation when contacted yesterday.
“I read the report in the New
Straits Times today and I am really disturbed with this. It is a statement from the coach,” Hamidin told Timesport yesterday.
“I will get FAM’s integrity department to check on this tomorrow. They will be on a fact finding mission and will check with Joseph and the other team’s officials.”
Joseph said on Saturday that some of his players have been dishonest after the 7-2 thrashing by Universiti Teknoloji Malaysia (UiTM) in a Premier League match last week.
The newly promoted side are currently 11th in the standing with one win and six defeats, scoring 14 goals and conceding 23.
The coach claimed that he had informed the management about the possibility of some players being involved in fixing matches but they told him to get evidence.
“We need to get more information before we investigate the allegation further.
“If there is evidence, it will be handed to the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“We are taking a serious approach. It is hard to get evidence but we will comprehensively look into this matter,” Hamidin added.
Responding to the match against UiTM, Joseph said on Saturday he had never lost a game so badly in his 20 over years of coaching.
Each football club in the MLeague are supposed to have their internal integrity committees to monitor match-fixing within the team.
FAM engaged Fifa’s Early Warning System (EWS) last August to monitor the betting trends and also analyse matches to fight match-fixing.
However, FAM do not share the findings or reports from EWS with Football Malaysia Limited Liability Malaysia (FMLLP), who is managing the M-League.
FMLLP chief executive officer Kevin Ramalingam said if the allegations by Joseph are true, then more efforts must be taken to fight match-fixing.
“Malaysian football will not move forward if such negative elements are not dealt with comprehensively.
“We hope the police and MACC will play a major role in tackling match-fixing. FMLLP does not have the investigative power to prosecute in the matter that is deterrent.
“A more severe punishment should be imposed on fixers. Suspending players will not solve it in a holistic manner. We need a punishment that not only affects players but also the entire line of fixers,” said Kevin.
Allegations of match-fixing in Malaysia are not new. Many players have been suspended since the 1990s but it has failed to completely eradicate football corruption.
Suspicion of foul play hangs over the MISC-MIFA team’s heavy 7-2 defeat to UiTM in a Premier League match on Friday.