Police investigating Asia Series match-fixing claim

Police investigating Asia Series match-fixing claim

TAIPEI - Police have confirmed that they are investigating a complaint by a Canberra Cavalry player who said he was offered US$30,000 (S$37,000) to fix an Asia Series baseball game.

The Cavalry catcher, Matt Blazyniski, said he was approached by two people at a Taichung bar on the eve of his Australian team's semi-final against the Samsung Lions last week, police said.

He said he refused the offer and later reported to the team. The team alerted the tournament organizers, who then referred the case to police.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), which has been assigned the case, has yet to identify any suspects.

The complaint has rubbed salt on a yet-to-be-healed wound in Taiwan's match-fixing-marred professional baseball history.

Huang Chen-tai, head of Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), said his group immediately reported the incident to police after receiving the complaint from the Cavalry on Nov. 18.

The CPBL also asked all other teams in the tournament to see if any of them had received any similar match-fixing offers, Huang said, adding that the conclusion was that the Cavalry offer was an isolated incident.

Huang said the police investigation has yet to see any significant progress, but stressed that the CPBL will report to police any alleged match-fixing activity.

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