Malaysia angry over match-fixing allegations
KUALA LUMPUR - Agence France-PresseThe Football Association of Malaysia has demanded that FIFA’s security chief explain his recent allegation that Malaysian football officials had been linked to match-fixing.
FIFA’s head of security Chris Eaton was quoted by Singapore’s Straits Times last week as saying “there is an investigation linking football administration officials in Malaysia and globally to match-fixing in Southeast Asia”.
The charge has prompted a testy response from Malaysia’s football body, which said Eaton’s comments were “uncalled-for” and has demanded evidence in a letter that it said was sent to the security chief last week.
“We view this matter seriously and wish to impress upon you that such a media release is uncalled-for as we were not notified,” FAM Secretary-General Azzuddin Ahmad said in the letter.
“This has, in a way, tarnished our association’s image. The FAM would appreciate if you could furnish us with details of the investigation that is taking place.”
In a subsequent statement, Azzuddin said FAM “regrets” the newspaper report and repeated its call for FIFA to “provide evidence if there is any basis to suspect that officers of the association are involved.”
Longstanding concerns over match-fixing in Malaysia have spiked recently after FAM earlier this month suspended 18 youth players and banned a coach for life for fixing matches.