Friday, 3 February 2012

FAM warns players not to involve in match fixing

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) President Sultan Ahmad Shah warned players to stay away from football if they intended to fix matches.

Sultan Ahmad Shah said the involvement of players in immoral activities like match fixing scandals cannot be accepted because wages of players in Malaysia was not low.

"Bribery should not be happening here because teams are paying the players well. So, I don't understand why the disease (football bribery) is still rife," he told reporters after a ground breaking ceremony to build three bridges in Sungai Lembing, here today.

Sultan Ahmad Shah also welcomed FAM Deputy President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah's proposal to ban teams which had players or officials who were involved in bribery, from competing in FAM organised competitions.

He also urged players to stay away from football bribery because their involvement would not only be detrimental to football in general, but also to their teams, fans, their families and the nation.

Sultan Ahmad Shah who is also the Sultan of Pahang welcomed the 3E concept adopted by FAM which formed a Special Task Force to combat football bribery through Education, Engagement and Enforcement, as announced by Tengku Abdullah on Tuesday.

"It is a sin to be involved in match fixing and FAM will not hesitate to take severe action against anyone who tried to taint the image of football in the country," he said.

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