Mifa takes a stand against match-fixing, reports players to MACC

DEVINDER SINGH

NILAI: The Malaysian Indian Football Association (Mifa) has reiterated their unwavering stand against match-fixing in football after three players from Premier League side MISC-MIFA were remanded on Thursday.

An internal investigation initiated by Mifa following suspicious defeats to Sarawak (6-3) in the FA Cup on Feb 14 and Universiti Teknologi Mara (7-2) on March 3 in the Premier League led to the club to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Friday.

The three players, including a foreigner, were picked up on Wednesday before being remanded until Apr 12 for further investigation.

“As the president of Mifa, I would like to reiterate my stand that Mifa has never wavered from maintaining the highest standard of integrity and transparency in the management of its team,” said Mifa president Datuk T. Mohan at the club’s training base at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia here.

“Mifa’s commitment towards sports and in particular football is and will always be consistent to the best practices of sports in Malaysia.

“We came to know of the possibility of some of our players being influenced by external forces to determine the outcome of matches. Mifa then appointed an independent committee to investigate these allegations and the findings of the committee was reported to the authorities concerned for further investigation.”

Mifa are the principal owners of the MISC-MIFA team which emerged FAM Cup champions in 2016 to earn promotion to the Premier League, where they are currently 10th, two points above the relegation zone.

Mohan added that a report will be sent to the Football Association of Malaysia in a few days while the three players have been ruled out of Friday’s Premier League match against the Perak State Economic Development Corporation in Petaling Jaya.

“For now, the players are under remand and we will wait for the outcome of the investigation before deciding on their status in the team,” said Mohan, who did not rule out the possibility of more players from the club being involved in match-fixing.

“We are always on alert against the involvement of bookies in our team.”