Football

Published: Monday February 3, 2014 MYT 10:34:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 3, 2014 MYT 10:44:01 PM

The ‘cancer’ has gotten worse

One of the ex-KL football players at Wisma FAM for the match-fixing hearing which found 17 more players guilty of the offence on Monday. - BERNAMA

One of the ex-KL football players at Wisma FAM for the match-fixing hearing which found 17 more players guilty of the offence on Monday. - BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: It’s getting from bad to worse.

Another 17 players from the Kuala Lumpur’s 2013 Premier League side have been found guilty of match-fixing.

But all they got was a slap on the wrist from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) disciplinary committee, who fined them RM5,000 each on Monday.

They are Ahmad Dashila Tajudin, Rafef Raya, Hanis Mokhtar, Ar’ Ra’uf Roslee, Hishamuddin Othman, Badrul Hisyam Azmi, Azizon Abdul Kadir, Benedict Martin, Mohd Syazwan Mohd Rani, J. Mughillan Kartik, Mohd Azwan Jatin, S. Sivaraj, Mohd Amirul Asraf Mohd Noor, Muhammad Syafiq Johari, Mohd Munir Amran, Muhammad Taufiq Mohd Shukor and Ahmad Jihad Ismail.

In December, FAM had imposed life bans on five KL players and three team officials, including a kitman, for match-fixing. The eight were also fined RM20,000 each.

The officials banned were Slovak coach Stanislav Lieskovsky, assistant manager Rosli Omar and kitman Shaari Jani and the five players were Jeremy Danker, Khairul Anuar, Hafizi Roslee, Fadhulah Yunsiar and Phoo Kai Lun.

This means 22 players from the KL team have been charged with – and found guilty of – bribery. It means the entire 2013 KL Premier League squad were involved in the bribery scandal!

That’s not all.

Five more KLFA officials are expected to be hauled up before the disciplinary committee for the same offence.

FAM disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Taufek Abdul Razak explained that the 17 were only fined RM5,000 each “because they are victims of circumstances”.

“Our investigations revealed that the players had no option ... they were threatened with physical harm by the bookies,” Taufek said at Wisma FAM.

“The players have pleaded guilty and appealed for leniency. So, we decided to fine them because they fixed the matches under duress.

“The players wanted to report to the authorities but feared for their safety. In fact, some of the players were beaten up for not following the orders of the bookies.”

He has also instructed FAM’s legal department to charge the KLFA officials for their part in the match-fixing fiasco.

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