Vietnam-Malaysia semi-final second leg not fixed, says AFF

Vietnam-Malaysia semi-final second leg not fixed, says AFF
Malaysian skipper Mohd Shukor Adan mobed by teammates after scoring the fourth goal against Vietnam in the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final second leg at Mydinh National stadium in Hanoi.

PETALING JAYA - An independent report has revealed no evidence of match fixing in Malaysia's 4-2 win over Vietnam in the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final second leg, the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) said.

In a statement on its website, the federation said the report by Sportradar, a market leading supplier of sports and betting-related data services, revealed that no irregular betting patterns had been observed prior to or during the match in Hanoi on Wednesday.

"The Security Services did not observe any suspicious betting patterns in any of the pre-match or live betting markets. In fact, a moderate betting confidence was witnessed for Vietnam to win the match in the pre-match markets, however this betting is not strong enough to raise any integrity concerns.

There are no signs in any of the betting markets to indicate that these incidents are suspicious.

"Although Malaysia recorded a surprising victory to advance to the final, the Security Services can find no betting evidence to suggest that this match was targeted for manipulation," Sportradar said in its report.

The federation had announced its partnership with Sportradar prior to the start of this year's AFF Suzuki Cup.

Under the agreement, the AFF would be notified by Sportradar's Fraud Detection System of any suspicious betting patterns in any of the 12 group games or six knock-out stage matches.

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