Malaysian club in corruption allegations
Players and officials of a Malaysian club have been handed a two-week suspension while an investigation takes place into possible corruption, according to the country's local media.
The Star Newspaper claims the Perak Football Association, who enter a team in domestic competitions, will seek help from the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in probing the club’s dismal Malaysian Cup campaign.
The Perak FA will also set up a special taskforce to carry out a report within two weeks, its president, Khairul Azwan Harun, was quoted as saying after an emergency meeting on Monday.
Harun said: "We suspect elements of sabotage and corruption had crept into the Perak squad over the last three or four matches, culminating in the disastrous 6-1 defeat by Sarawak on Saturday. While the investigations are going on, all the suspended players and officials will be asked not to leave Ipoh."
Beginning their Malaysian Cup campaign strongly, Perak surprisingly lost their final three matches and so missed out on a place in the last eight of the competition.
"There was something fishy going on in the team," Perak head coach Azraai Khor Abdullah said. "I welcome the probe on everybody in the squad, including myself, as we will know if there were unlawful elements involved."
The news comes just a week after the arrest of Singaporean Tan Seet Eng -- believed to be the orchestrator of the world’s largest football match-fixing syndicate.
Police in Europe had first looked towards South-East Asia in February when they revealed a Singapore-based syndicate had directed at least 380 matches in Europe alone -- netting the group around €8 million.
This was followed by the news last week that Australian police smashed a multi-million dollar fixing-ring based on a second-tier domestic league with links to syndicates in both Hungary and Malaysia.