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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

 

Thai Cup Final Fixed?


The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) will look into an alleged match-fixing attempt in last season's FA Cup final between Buriram United and Army United, FAT president Worawi Makudi confirmed yesterday.
The announcement came after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) last week informed the FAT of possible irregularities in the November match, which Buriram won 2-1.
According to Worawi, the AFC said Japanese referee Yoshida Toshimitsu, who officiated the match, informed the Asian governing body that he was offered bribes to favour of one of the two teams.
Worawi did not offer further detail but said the FAT would discuss the matter at today's meeting.
"We will set up a committee to look into the issue," Worawi said.
"We will talk to both Buriram and Army before submitting our findings to the AFC and [world football's governing body] Fifa."
Asked why the claim was made public months after the match had been played, Worawi said: "You cannot jump to conclusions. We have to consider a claim carefully to see if there is grounds before publicising it."
When asked whether this development could affect Buriram's campaign in the AFC Champions League, Worawi insisted it was too early to speculate.
He said he would take part in this week's seminar on match-fixing in Kuala Lumpur between the AFC and Interpol.
Meawhile, Army United manager Col Worawut Withisiri said his club had nothing to do with the allegation.
"Military officers have discipline and we will never resort to ungentlemanly conduct," he said.
"Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, as Army United chairman, has a clear policy that we must play entertaining football in a straightforward manner."
Buriram chairman Newin Chidchob was unavailable for comment and manager Thatthep Pitakpoonsin is overseas.
Europol, the European Union police organisation, recently said an investigation found that there had been more than 680 suspicious matches worldwide
COMMENT - umm, get away. Match fixing you say? In Thailand you say? The land of smiles you say? Up there, match fixing you say? I mean come on, how gullible do you think I am? Match fixing my somtam!

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Fifa verdict on Thai cup 'fixing' due tomorrow
Kitinan Sanguansak, The Nation February 20, 2013 1:00 am

The fate of Buriram United and Army United, the two Thai Premier League clubs caught up in a match-fixing scandal, would become clearer after a meeting with Fifa officials and Interpol in Malaysia this week, said Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi.


The two Thai clubs found themselves in the spotlight after the Japanese referee in charge of their FA Cup final in November reported to Fifa that he was approached by unknown persons to "fix" the match at Supachalasai Stadium.

Buriram won the final 2-1 to clinch their second successive title and an AFC Champions League play-off spot. However, the allegation of match-fixing has thrown into doubt their participation in the continent's elite club competition, after they secured a group-stage berth by beating Australia's Brisbane Roar on penalties earlier this month.

The incident was discussed at a Thai FA board meeting yesterday that lasted nearly three hours. However, the association says it will wait for the result of an investigation into the alleged match-fixing before considering any possible punishment.

"At this stage we cannot say much about possible sanctions because the investigation is not yet complete. Let's wait and see whether the two clubs are found guilty or not. If I say anything [on the subject] today, it would not be good for either side," said Worawi.

"I will travel to Malaysia for a meeting about the problem of match-fixing at AFC headquarters on Thursday. I will also discuss the matter there with Fifa officials as well as Interpol representatives. Let's see what happens after that."

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/sports/Fifa-verdict-on-Thai-cup-fixing-due-tomorrow-30200381.html
 
FFA send rep to football corruption meeting with Interpol

Val Migliaccio adelaidenow February 19, 2013 12:00AM

AUSTRALIAN soccer's fight against match-fixing and corruption will be stepped up at an Interpol conference in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

Football Federation Australia's legal chief Jo Setright will join Australian Federal Police officials at the two-day seminar co-hosted by the Asian Football Confederation.

This follows concerns that some of the 300 million registered players worldwide might have been subjected to corruption during their careers.

"FFA was invited to attend this conference in early January," said an FFA spokesperson last night.

"This is in line with our consistent approach in having in place systems around integrity safeguards in our sport.

"These workshops and conferences are part of a larger effort across the sport and other Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports initiatives to reduce the threat of corruption in our game."

Interpol discovered that illegal gambling in Asia is worth hundreds of billions of dollars each year, before the Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory A-League clash at Hindmarsh in December was unfairly tarnished by a $5 million betting plunge despite being cleared of any doubt by authorities.

FIFA has invested about $22 million in a 10-year program at a dedicated FIFA anti-corruption training wing in the Interpol complex in Singapore. Interpol then started its Integrity in Sport Unit to target match-fixing and illegal and betting rings.
Italy was the first nation to officially endorse the integrity agreement.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/football/ffa-send-rep-to-football-corruption-meeting-with-interpol/story-fndb5nmd-1226580668177
 
Thanks for those links cam
 
Hmmm,that match-fixing thread went quiet!

Still waiting for an update on the investigation and verdict - you?
;-)

Al Jazeera English Sports Website ‏@AJEnglish_Sport tweets:
Buriram calm despite the fixing claims
http://t.co/n3TYfJgLck
 
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