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India - Malaysia Azlan Shah match fixed: report
June 25, 2008 17:04 IST
The International Hockey Federation will look into all details before acting on match-fixing allegations in the Azlan Shah Cup match between Malaysia and India, which the latter won 2-1.
The Malaysian Hockey Federation lodged a police complaint on Friday after tabloid Malay Mail published a report claiming that several Malaysian players were involved in fixing the May 17 match, by allegedly placing online bets on Malaysia losing the last round-robin game.
The MHF has also started its own investigation.
The FIH claimed that they were in the dark about the allegations but would look into it.
"This is the first time we have heard of such allegations. We compliment the Malaysian Hockey Federation for their prompt action and will wait for the results of the investigation," FIH president Els van Breda Vriesman was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
According to the tabloid, chief coach Sarjit Singh and his assistant coaches were seen at the Pudu police station on Tuesday, but the investigating officer in the case said the coaches had come to lodge a police report similar to the one made by MHF secretary Hashim Yusoff.
The officer added that the police would speak to more players and others, including a Malay Mail journalist, to assist in the investigations.