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Malaysia calls for proof after match-fixing claim

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian football authorities yesterday called on a former Fifa official to provide evidence after he claimed the country had become the hub for match-fixing in South-east Asia.

Malaysia calls for proof after match-fixing claim

Malaysian authorities have frowned on consultant Chris Eaton’s claims that the country is a match-fixing hub. TODAY file photo

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian football authorities yesterday called on a former Fifa official to provide evidence after he claimed the country had become the hub for match-fixing in South-east Asia.

Chris Eaton, an independent industry consultant and former security chief of world football governing body, said at a sports betting forum in Singapore on Monday that Malaysia had overtaken Singapore in match-fixing following a crackdown in the city-state.

Speaking on the sidelines of the World Lottery Summit at Marina Bay Sands, Eaton told TODAY that the match-fixing threat has now moved from Singapore to Malaysia.

“I’d suggest to you that Malaysia has an issue, certainly, and South Korea is another country where there is an awful lot of match-fixing in all sorts of sports,” said the Australian former Interpol investigator.

But the Malaysian authorities have frowned on Eaton’s claims.

“We urge Eaton to furnish us with evidence,” Hamidin Amin, the secretary-general of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), said.

Hamidin also said Eaton should be “more professional” by providing evidence and information to authorities in Malaysia, adding that Eaton had made similar allegations before without substantiation.

Malaysia’s top police official Khalid Abu Bakar said on Tuesday that authorities had received no information related to Eaton’s allegation, either from Fifa or the Asian Football Confederation.

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

In one of the biggest cases, a 1994 scandal in Malaysia saw 21 players and coaches sacked and 58 players suspended.

In 1999, four men linked to a Malaysian-based betting syndicate were jailed for three years for plotting to sabotage floodlights ahead of Charlton’s match against Liverpool that year as part of a match-fixing plot.

In 2012, FAM suspended 18 youth players and banned a coach for life for match-fixing.

The following year, a Malaysian club suspended all of its coaches and officials after a string of suspiciously heavy defeats. AFP

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