PUTRAJAYA – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has pledged to wipe out match fixing and bribery in football.
Ahmad Zahid who is also the Home Minister and Patron of the Royal Malaysian Police Football Association (PDRM FA) said police would take a professional approach to handle match fixing and bribery in football which is the most popular sport in the country.
“If players, coaches or officials are found fixing matches or accepting bribes, police will take action, I can guarantee that…because last year I have received such complaints.
“If state FAs or clubs are suspicious of such activities, quickly inform us because we do not football to be tainted by match fixing and bribery in football,” he told reporters after launching the police team for the 2016 M-League, here Sunday.
Ahmad Zahid said some players were believed to have been involved in match fixing and accepting bribes last season and there will be no compromise this season.
Ahmad Zahid said he was aware that bookies were always on the lookout for players for such activities in the M-League.
“As the Home Minister, I am committed to ensure the M-League and the sport is free from match fixing and bribery,” he said.
The Deputy Prime Minister who announced a RM250,000 contribution to the Police team fan club said incentives also await the PDRM FA team, including the coaching staff and officials, if the team clinched the Super League title.
Meanwhile, PDRM FA president Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim who is also the Deputy IGP said the target for the team was to win at least one trophy in the M-League this season.
Last season, the Police team ended their Super League campaign in sixth place with 35 points after registering 11 wins, two draws and nine defeats.
Police kick off their Super League campaign on Saturday against Sarawak who are coached by former National coach Datuk K. Rajagobal before facing Kelantan on Feb 16.