The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has set up an internal task force to fight against match-fixing in the region.
In line with Fifa’s initiative to curb the problem, the task force’s objectives will be to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, AFC’s Member Associations (MA) and everyone else involved in the sport, to monitor and coordinate ways and measures to combat match-fixing in AFC competitions, AFC General Secretary Dato’ Alex Soosay said in a media release.
This internal task force will also introduce and implement mechanisms to fight match manipulation in line with the objectives set out in AFC Statutes, AFC Code of Ethics and AFC Disciplinary Code.
This comes after a two-day conference titled ‘Match fixing – The ugly side of the beautiful game’ held in Kuala Lumpur. It was arranged with the help of Interpol and FIFA to raise awareness about match-fixing in football.
Dato’ Alex Soosay highlighted that match-fixing is already a problem faced by some MAs and lauded the Chinese Football Association (CFA), Football Association of Singapore (FAS), Korea Football Association (KFA) and Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for successfully controlling the threat using novelty ideas.
“The CFA banned 33 people, including two officials, club owners, referees and several star players for life recently [and this] will surely send a strong message to the negative elements.
“[Also], the FAS initiated polygraph tests for players and this had a positive impact in their fight against match-fixing,” Dato’ Alex Soosay said.
The AFC General Secretary has called out to the rest of the MAs to join the fight against match-fixing and corruption in the effort to “strengthen fair play in football.”