THE Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have commended the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for taking action against players who were found guilty of match-fixing.
A total of 17 players from Kuala Lumpur’s 2013 Premier League side were fined RM5000 each by FAM’s disciplinary committee on Monday for their involvement in match-fixing.
AFC general secretary Dato’ Alex Soosay said the confederation have zero-tolerance policy against match-manipulation and FAM’s efforts must be praised.
“FAM’s action proves they are taking steps to keep the game clean. AFC have also set up a task force to help our member associations (MA) fight this menace and we will certainly help the FAM in their efforts,” he said.
The AFC in close collaboration with FIFA, Interpol and the local authorities of AFC’s MAs are in the midst of organising several workshops, to educate and establish preventive measures to eradicate the negative elements in football.
“AFC are committed to proper administration of justice but more importantly to keep up with the Asian game which is progressing well.
“In light of this, the steps taken by FAM are akin to the philosophy of AFC.”