KUALA LUMPUR - The Football Association of
Malaysia (FAM) is expecting a visit from FIFA anti-corruption
officials next week but they have not yet been informed what is
being investigated, FAM's secretary general told Reuters.
Azzudin Ahmad said he had contacted Chris Eaton on Monday
after reports in local media said the FIFA security chief would
be visiting to probe two friendly internationals between
Malaysia and Zimbabwe which took place in 2009.
"I am still in the dark," Ahmad told Reuters by telephone on
Tuesday. "All I knew is what I picked up in the media last week
but we had no correspondence from (FIFA).
"We called Mr Eaton yesterday and he said they were coming
around next week. He said he would be sending a letter with an
explanation this week."
Ahmad said he "guessed" the visit would relate to the two
2009 matches, which were stripped of their "A" international
status after it was discovered that the Zimbabwe side was a club
The FAM had acted in good faith in accepting the fixtures,
Ahmad said, and he denied they had paid any money to fund the
visit by the Zimbabweans.
"As far as the games against Zimbabwe, we are very clear in
our minds. We got a notification from the Zimbabwean FA itself,"
"As you are aware when another national body sends a letter,
it's really unethical to question them. When they committed that
they would be sending the international squad, we weren't going
to question them."
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Monday that football's
world governing body would be donating $28 million to Interpol
to fund a dedicated anti-corruption unit in Singapore to help
Interpol secretary general Ron Noble told FIFA in Zurich
that Asia was "a hot-bed of betting and match-fixing."
When asked about the extent of match-fixing in Malaysia,
Ahamad said it was very difficult to determine.
"Your guess is as good as mine, talk of matchfixing is
everywhere, all the time but there's nothing official that
anyone wants to report to the police or anti-corruption
officials," he said. "So there's nothing we can do."
Part of the problem, he said, was that teams were reluctant
to report suspected match-fixing through official channels.
"They sack people for playing matters," he said. "On that
basis, we can't probe them.
"The FAM are always telling our clubs and state teams that
they should go to the authorities but they just terminate the
contract of the player for 'underperforming'."
FIFA is investigating two international friendlies played in
Turkey in February in which seven penalties were awarded, one of
them taken twice.
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