Thursday, January 19, 2012

Shahidan's call

Perlis Football Association president Shahidan Kassim wants the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to carry out a thorough investigation into allegations of bribery in football to safeguard the image of the nation.

Shahidan said allegations that Perlis players were involved in football bribery needs to be looked at from a whole perspective instead of just one case.

He told reporters in Kangar today that he believed bribery in football was not just restricted to any one team or association because it involves bookies.

Shahidan, who is also the former Perlis menteri besar, said if allegations that Perlis players were involved in fixing matches were true, they should be punished accordingly.

“Not only the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) but the FAM must also look at the prospect of more teams involved in the scandal,” he said.

Shahidan said the Perlis FA was ashamed of the 2-7 defeat to MP Muar in their Premier League match at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Muar on Jan 9.

The result would naturally raise concern and suspicion; as such, the possibility of bookies being involved cannot be ruled out.

Last Saturday, a Perlis player was hauled up by the MACC to give his statement and statements were also recorded from Perlis FA officials.

He said sources had claimed that there could be up to nine players involved in the scandal.
Meanwhile, Perlis FA deputy president Azhar Ahmad said show-cause letters had been issued to a number of players.

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