Police want FIFA intelligence on match-fixing

SHAH ALAM, May 11 (Bernama) -- The police need intelligence from world football governing body Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) to kick-off investigations into a global match-fixing network allegedly involving Malaysians.

Federal Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin said this was necessary for the police to analyse and launch certain operations in connection with the case.

"We want the investigating team from FIFA to provide us intelligence on the alleged match-fixing network operating from Malaysia," he told reporters at the Selangor police headquarters here today.

It was reported that in the near future, FIFA head of security Chris Eaton would lead a team of investigators to Malaysia, as part of the probe into claims that more than 300 matches in three continents were influenced by match-fixers.

Mohd Bakri said the police would address the issue as it did not want to give the wrong impression that Malaysia was giving its "blessings to such vice activities."

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar had said that a special police task force (from the federal headquarters in Bukit Aman) was ready to cooperate with the FIFA investigating team.

He said the police would extend their full cooperation to FIFA and the Football Association of Malaysia to track down any match-fixing network operating here.

In another development, Mohd Bakri said the police had sought the assistance of the Malaysian Embassy in the Philippines to look into the case of a Malaysian businessman who was reportedly abducted by unidentified gunmen in southern Philippines.

Media reports said Nasaruddin Bensaidin, 38, was captured by about 10 gunmen last Saturday on Jolo island, 1,000km south of Manila.

"We're cooperating with Interpol and Asianapol with regard to the case," he added.

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