The Myanmar Football Federation announced today that it will set up an investigative committee to review allegations of match-fixing at Ayeyawady United Football Club.
According to the June 28 edition of Myanmar Special, an official with Ayeyawady United FC lodged an anonymous complaint with the league organising committee regarding fraud on the part of some players at the Pathein-based club. The official described an organised match-fixing plan executed by a member of the club’s administration with the cooperation of a number of Ayeyawady United. The identities of the players and official concerned have not yet been made public.
“Match-fixing fraud was planned by a member of the club, as well as by some players. I informed the league organising committee and submitted a report,” the whistleblower was quoted as saying in Myanmar Special.
The official added that Ayeyawady United is undertaking an investigation of its own about the report.
According to the report, the match-fixing involved not only matches in this season’s Ooredoo National League, but also a match in the AFC Cup. Ayeyarwady was one of Myanmar’s two representatives at the regional tournament this year, where they notched two victories over Laos’ Toyota. It was not enough to overcome their four losses to Indonesia’s JSW Bengaluru FC and Malaysia’s Johor Darul Taz’im, one of the latter’s matches a brutal 8-1 thrashing, to advance out of the group stage. Myanmar’s other entrant, Yangon United also failed to advance out of its group, which was lead by South China of Hong Kong and Mohun Bagan of Indonesia.
Since the allegations of fraud could impact not only the domestic league but also Myanmar’s standing in international competition, it is of the utmost importance that violators of the league’s policy be held accountable, football industry figures stressed.
U Than Zaw, general secretary of the Myanmar Football Federation told Myanmar Special that the case has not yet been presented to the league organising committee, and that the committee would only take action if it receives a report.
Speaking with The Myanmar Times, Ayeyawady United media officer Aung Kyaw confirmed that the club would be undertaking its own inquiry, but emphasised that the identities of those involved were not yet known. “Our organisation is currently investigating the claims made, and we will report to the MNL league committee on our findings. They say that they’ll be looking into it as well. Currently, that’s all we can say. We don’t know exactly who is implicated in this case, players or officials. So right now, we’re trying to stay focused on our trip to Taunggyi to face Shan United this week,” he said.
“At this moment, we haven’t yet received an official notification on the case. If the allegations are revealed to be
true, however, we will take action and impose bans on those responsible,” Myanmar Football Federation director Soe Moe Kyaw told The Myanmar Times.
Ayeyawady United Football Club was founded in 2009 as Delta United, before being renamed in 2011.
Ayeyawady currently sits at sixth in the MNL-1 league standings, tied with last season’s winners Yangon United. Ayeyadwady has also been the league’s most successful team in knockout tournaments. The Delta Boys won the General Aung San Shield, Myanmar’s premier knockout cup, in 2015, as well as its predecessor, the Myanmar Football Federation knockout cup, in 2012 and 2014.
Translation by Thiri Min Htun
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