Football

Published: Friday December 27, 2013 MYT 9:17:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 27, 2013 MYT 9:26:25 PM

Seven more players in the docks for match fixing

Kuala Lumpur goalie Azizon Abdul Kadir and six of his team-mates have been hauled up by the Football Association of Malaysia for questioning into alleged match-fixing. - Filepic

Kuala Lumpur goalie Azizon Abdul Kadir and six of his team-mates have been hauled up by the Football Association of Malaysia for questioning into alleged match-fixing. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Another seven Kuala Lumpur players were hauled up by the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) for match-fixing.

Their fate will only be known on Jan 7 after the FAM disciplinary committee complete their investigations.

The seven players – Azizon Abdul Kadir, Benedict Martin, Mohd Syazwan Mohd Rani, J. Mughillan Kartik, Mohd Azwan Jatin, S. Sivaraj and Mohd Amirul Asraf Mohd Noor - were alleged to have fixed their Premier League matches last season.

They have pleaded not guilty at the hearing at the Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya on Friday.

After four hours – the committee could only quiz goalkeeper Azizon and midfielder Benedict while the hearing for the remaining five had to be scheduled on Jan 3 and Jan 7.

Disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Taufek Abdul Razak said they cannot make a decision without completing their investigations.

“The questioning on Azizon itself took two and half hours so we didn’t have enough time to complete the session today,” said Taufek.

“We want to give all the accused an open and fair hearing and we had to have two more separate sessions to quiz the five remaining players.

“Syazwan, Mughillan and Azwan are scheduled to have their session on Jan 3, while Sivaraj and Amirul will have theirs on Jan 7.”

Taufek added that the seven face life bans and RM20,000 fine with no room for appeal if found guilty.

Last week, the FA of Malaysia (FAM) disciplinary committee imposed a life ban on five Kuala Lumpur players and three team officials, including a kitman for match-fixing this season.

The eight were also slapped with a RM20,000 fine each.

The team officials banned included Slovak coach Stanislav Lieskovsky, assistant manager Rosli Omar and kitman Shaari Jani.

The five players were Jeremy Danker, Khairul Anuar, Hafizi Roslee, Fadhulah Yunsiar and Phoo Kai Lun.

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