Perak order match-fixing probe, suspend team

Perak order match-fixing probe, suspend team

MALAYSIA - Perak officials and staff have been suspended for two weeks by the Perak FA over suspected corruption following a string of defeats in the Malaysia Cup.

The Seladang had collected seven points in their first three Group D matches, but lost their last three games and were eliminated from the competition.

Perak FA vice-president Khairul Azwan Harun told Malaysian reporters yesterday a report was to be lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the police regarding suspected sabotage and corruption in the team's last four Malaysia Cup games.

These included three straight losses - a 2-1 away defeat by LionsXII, losing to an injury-time goal at home to Kedah and the improbable 6-1 thrashing at Sarawak last Saturday.

Khairul Azwan said: "We have also set up a task force headed by Perak FA disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Ismail Saffian to investigate what we dread all this while.

"They are given two weeks to carry out the investigation and report the findings to the Perak FA main executive committee."

Perak staff and players will be required to report at the Perak FA office every day during the suspension starting tomorrow.

Khairul Azwan added that the players had not been suspended.

Coach Azraai Khor Abdullah told The New Paper an investigation is the right move if the authorities felt something was amiss.

When asked if he noticed anything suspicious, the 60-year-old three-time Malaysia Cup champion was cryptic in his response: "Come on, you have been in this line for so long, you can see for yourself what is going on.

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