FAM adviced by MACC to come down hard on footballers fixing matches
As published in Sunday Mail
By Haresh Deol
By Haresh Deol
PETALING JAYA — The FA of Malaysia (FAM) were “advised” by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to come down hard on Kuala Lumpur Premier League players in 2013
A ranking MACC officer said it was unfortunate the national body did not follow through with their recommendations and instead only handed life bans to five KL players — Fadhullah Yunsifar, Phoo Kai Lun, Khairul Anuar Shafie, Jeremy Danker and Hafizi Roslee.
Seventeen others in the team, including goalkeeper Azizon Abdul Kadir, who pleaded guilty were slapped with a RM5,000 fine each. Azizon went on to play for the national team.
“We made our recommendations to FAM to ensure they punished the players. The decision was to serve as a stern warning to the other players,” said the officer.
“Instead, 17 players were handed mere fines. That’s not right, not right at all.”
He was baffled how goalkeeper Azizon, who admitted to match-fixing, went on to don the national jersey.
“This sets a wrong precedent. We want to ensure this does not happen again and we will come down hard on these culprits, especially the bookies.”
The official also said investigations showed more MISC-MIFA players could have been involved in fixing matches.
“There could be more arrests made soon. We want to ensure we have all the evidence we need to drag them to court,” he said.