Three detained in M'sia over alleged match-fixing

KUALA LUMPUR • Three footballers have been detained over suspected match-fixing in Malaysia.

The players, who play for the second-tier Malaysian Indian Football Association (Mifa) club, are being held by the country's anti-corruption watchdog (MACC).

"Mifa came to know of the possibility of some of our players being influenced by external forces to determine the outcome of matches," the club's president T. Mohan said in a statement.

The three - a defender, goalkeeper and midfielder - were detained after the team lost six of their last nine matches, including defeats by 7-1 and 6-3.

According to Bernama, the trio, aged between 26 and 27, were suspected to have received between RM10,000 (S$3,160) and RM30,000 from bookies, and were arrested when they turned up to give their statements at the MACC office in Putrajaya on Wednesday.

Mohan said the players, one of which is a foreign import, have been remanded for seven days.

"Mifa does not condone any practices of match manipulation by anyone under the patronage of MIFA which goes against the rule of integrity and transparency," he said.

Malaysian football has been plagued by match-fixing over the years, and betting syndicates from the country have also been active overseas.

In 1994, 21 players and coaches were sacked and 58 players suspended.

In 2012, the Football Association of Malaysia suspended 18 youth players and banned a coach for life for match-fixing.

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