Match-fixing investigations: Football matches to continue as planned

SINGAPORE - SEA Games football matches will continue as planned and Timor Leste will play against Malaysia in their opening group match tomorrow, said the South East Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) and the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC).

"We met with the Timor Leste National Olympic Committee officials to confer on the continuing participation of their football team.

"In consultation with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), SEAGF and SINGSOC have accepted their decision to proceed," said SEAGF and SINGSOC in a statement.

This confirmation comes after a Singaporean suspect and several other alleged co-conspirators were arrested on Friday morning.

They are believed to be involved in football match-fixing.

SEAGF and SINGSOC said they take a "firm view on match fixing and any actions by unscrupulous persons that bring the 28th SEA Games into disrepute."

"We will work closely with the Singapore authorities to uncover such intentions," added SEAGF and SINGSOC.

CPIB said in a statement on Friday that it has been proactively monitoring football match-fixing activities here particularly with the kick-off of the 28th SEA Games football tournament scheduled to commence today.

Investigations against the arrested persons are ongoing.