India-Malaysia tie was fixed: report
The Malaysian Hockey Federation lodges a police complaint after a report claimed that Malaysian players placed online bets on Malaysia losing the match.india Updated: Jun 25, 2008 19:27 IST
A concerned International Hockey Federation (FIH) will wait for the full facts to come out before taking action into the match-fixing allegations in the Azlan Shah match between Malaysia and India.
Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) had lodged a police complaint on Friday after tabloid Malay Mail published a report claiming that several Malaysian players had fixed a match against India in the Azlan Shah Cup as they had placed online bets on Malaysia losing the last round-robin game.
MHF had also started their own investigation on the allegations regarding the match which India had prevailed 2-1 over Malaysia on May 17.
FIH claimed that they were in the dark over the allegations of match fixing but would look into it after the investigations are over.
"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 of the case said the coaches had come on their own accord to make a police report similar to the one made by MHF secretary Hashim Yusoff.
The officer added police would speak to more players and others, including a Malay Mail journalist, to assist in the investigations.