Lo­cal soc­cer as­so­ci­a­tion CTFA de­nies game-throw­ing re­port

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

The Chi­nese Taipei Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion ( CTFA, ) yes­ter­day de­nied a game-throw­ing al­le­ga­tion raised by a lo­cal weekly mag­a­zine, which ac­cused CTFA’s for­mer head of de­lib­er­ately los­ing a game last month in ex­change for money.

CTFA yes­ter­day told The China Post that the ac­cu­sa­tion raised in the mag­a­zine is far from truth.

“There is no way that the CTFA would ask na­tional team mem­bers to throw game,” a CTFA spokesper­son told The China Post.

The CTFA made the re­marks when asked to com­ment on the Chi­nese-lan­guage Next Mag­a­zine re­port yes­ter­day that quoted uniden­ti­fied sources as say­ing that pros­e­cu­tors are now prob­ing the al­leged scan­dal with for­mer CTFA Chair­man Lin Cheng-yi ( ) in the crosshairs.

The re­port said Lin has been en­gaged in il­le­gal un­der­ground sports bet­ting and placed huge bets on the re­sult of a game be­tween Tai­wan and Brunei on March 12.

Most bet­tors wa­gered that Tai­wan could win the game with ease. Lin, how­ever, bet on Tai­wan los­ing the match, the re­port claimed. The na­tional team ul­ti­mately lost the matchup 0-1 in the first leg of the two-game se­ries at a Kaoh­si­ung sta­dium on March 12.

To make sure the out­come of the game fa­vored him, Lin asked Tai­wan’s coach­ing staff to bench nat­u­ral­ized player Chu En-le (

), the re­port quoted sources as say­ing. Lin won over NT$40 mil­lion.

Lin is cur­rently be­ing held in detention on a sep­a­rate case af­ter he was ac­cused of fraud. CTFA is now headed by an act­ing chair­man.

In re­sponse, CTFA yes­ter­day de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tion raised in the story.

It stressed that it is highly un­likely that un­der­ground gam­bling run by gang­ster could put that much money on a soc­cer game in Tai­wan be­cause soc­cer is not a popular sport in Tai­wan.

CTFA also told lo­cal me­dia that it has no knowl­edge of Lin’s al­leged in­volve­ment in game-fix­ing but it is will­ing to co­op­er­ate if pros­e­cu­tors are in­deed prob­ing the case.

No In­ter­ven­tion from Lin:

Head Coach

Asked to com­ment by lo­cal me­dia, Team Tai­wan’s head coach Chen Kuei-jen ( ) yes­ter­day de­nied that ac­cu­sa­tion as well.

He said that Lin had never in­ter­vened in his coach­ing or asked him to bench a player.

He said it was his de­ci­sion to bench Chu dur­ing that game be­cause Chu was suf­fer­ing from an­kle in­juries.

Chen said he felt deep re­gret for the un­founded re­port that could mar the im­age of the na­tional team that is now pre­par­ing for its next ma­jor in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment.

De­spite the loss to Brunei on March 12, Tai­wan, play­ing un­der the name of Chi­nese Taipei, beat Team Brunei 2-0 in their sec­ond en­counter in the qual­i­fiers on March 17 in Brunei.

The long-awaited win marked the first time in 12 years that the Tai­wan na­tional soc­cer team has ad­vanced to the sec­ond round of the Asian qual­i­fiers for the World Cup.

Tai­wan will face Iraq, Thai­land, Viet­nam and In­done­sia in the next round to begin in June.

The group win­ners and four run­ners-up will ad­vance to a 12-team third round to vie for a place at the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia.

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