PASIR GUDANG: Johor football team manager On Jabbar has rubbished allegations that several of his players threw a match and welcomed investigations into the matter.
His players are alleged to have thrown away the Malaysia Cup Group A match against Sime Darby FC on Tuesday. The game ended 2-2 despite Johor leading 2-0.
The coach said that his players had given their all in the match and wanted to win the game to make it easier for them to qualify for the quarter-finals.
“This is football ... we cannot always get the result that we want but to make allegations about my players being involved with bookies is uncalled for,” he said when met during the team’s training session at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) Stadium here Thursday.
“My boys could have won the game as we had plenty of time in the match but the fans started to go against us and hurled bottles onto the field, which caused the players to lose heart.”
He was asked to comment on allegations made by Johor ultra fans, Boys of Straits (B.O.S), who questioned the final result between Johor and Sime Darby. A banner was also unfurled inside the stadium claiming the team were involved in match-fixing.
The group claimed to have information about several Johor players being involved in match-fixing and that the match would end in a high-scoring draw.
The coach urged the fans to lodge a report with the relevant agencies or with the Johor Football Association if they have any evidence on match-fixing.
“Since they claim to have proof about the matter, why don’t they come forward? Why only vent their frustrations after the game?
“I welcome any sort of investigations as it will clear my players of any wrongdoings,” he said, adding that the state FA would also conduct their own internal inquiry into the allegations.
When contacted, Johor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission director Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani said that they have yet to receive any report on match-fixing in the state.