AFC: Asian Cup was free from match-fixing
March 30th, 2015

Published — Tuesday 17 February 2015

SINGAPORE: The Asian Football Confederation gave itself a proud pat on the back on Tuesday after declaring that January’s Asian Cup in Australia was free of match-fixing.
“It is extremely encouraging to see that the detailed integrity planning and collaboration for our premier tournament, the AFC Asian Cup, was a success,” AFC general-secretary Alex Soosay said in a statement.
“This would not have been possible without the support and focused efforts of each stakeholder and in particular Australian law enforcement and Sportradar, who worked hand-in-hand with AFC’s Integrity Unit throughout the tournament.
“The effective implementation of this action plan could be a blueprint for other Asian sporting events and sports governing bodies,” the Malaysian added.
A large bulk of the 47 members in the AFC have been hit with match-fixing scandals in recent years, with fixers targeting low-paid players in various leagues such as Australia, Lebanon, South Korea, China, Vietnam and Singapore.
The AFC has employed Swiss-based Sportradar, a supplier of sports and betting-related data services, to help tackle the problem, which has hit the sport’s credibility in the region, with seemingly solid results.
The AFC has encouraged their members to do the same, but not all have signed up with the Malaysian Football Association, another to be hit by match-fixing issues, querying the cost.

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Qatar deny corruption claims once more
March 20th, 2015

From Here


Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, has insisted that his country did not bribe Fifa in order to host the 2022 World Cup.

Friday 27th February 2015
Fifa awarded the rich Gulf state nation the honour of hosting the biggest football tournament in the world ahead of Japan, South Korea, Australia and the United States.
Sheikh Al Thani has previously skirted around the topic in the past, and Qatar has continuously denied accusations of corruption in relation to their 2022 World Cup bid, but speaking to students at Georgetown University in Washington he addressed the issue.
“Those allegations, I’d just said, there is a Fifa and they had people investigating and everything they investigated with everybody, all officials in Qatar, and they found out that there is nothing about (that),” he said.
“This World Cup is for all the Arabs and that is why we were successful,” he added.
“I know that you guys here were very upset that Qatar, a small country, can beat this great country but I think you should believe that you know you can lose sometimes.”
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The Art Of Whistleblowing
February 21st, 2015

From Football Is Fixed

Slavoj Žižek: “A market economy thrives on inequality so self-interest will always triumph over the public good.”
Hence, for the integrity of the system, whistleblowers are essential.
This is the first of three posts addressing whistleblowing both in football and across a broader systemic base.
In football, matchfixing is rife – in Europe, 60% of associations have experienced scandals in the last two years and yet there is effectively no sports governance and there are no reliable bodies analysing such corruptions as all have inappropriate relationships to the various loci of criminalities.
Moreover, there is a culture of omertà within the loop where matchfixing is accepted and serves as an illicit currency within the game.
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Anti-graft move ‘helped’ improve China’s football team
February 19th, 2015

From China Daily


China’s top anti-graft watchdog on Saturday said the anti-corruption campaign targeting the country’s top sports body has become one of the factors in China’s improved performance at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China published a commentary on its website, linking China’s ongoing campaign against corruption with its best national football team in 11 years. The team made it all the way to the quarterfinals where it lost to host country Australia.

“Chinese authorities’ campaign to crack down on match-fixing and gambling scandals that involved top sports officials played an important role in helping regenerate the Chinese football team, although a number of other factors also accounted for the three consecutive wins at the Asian Cup – including coach Alain Perrin’s efforts to reform the team and the young footballers’ morale and fighting spirit,” said the article.

It is not the first time for the top anti-graft watchdog penned opinion pieces denouncing corruption on the football pitch.
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China’s ex-football chief reinvents himself in prison. From @sphasiaone
February 15th, 2015

From here

Rather than living a miserable life behind bars like some fellow inmates have done, China’s former football chief, Nan Yong, has rejuvenated himself as an inventor and writer during his prison term, Chinese media reported on Tuesday.
Nan, who was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison in June 2012 after a nationwide crackdown on match-fixing and corruption in football, has invented four devices with patents granted by the State Intellectual Property Office, according to Web portal He has also published a novel while serving his sentence, it said.
SIPO’s online database shows four patents approved under Nan’s name by Tuesday, including two devices related to football training-a device for shooting training and a portable goal gate.
“To improve the shooting power and accuracy of football players, this device, which features pressure-sensing pads installed on the gate, could mark the goal placement on the gate area while rating the shot’s power, to guide players to improve their skills,” Nan noted on the patent specification for the shooting equipment.
The portable goal gate is made of lightweight, detachable parts and could be transported anywhere to be reassembled for football games and training at low cost, according to the patent specification.
Nan’s four patent applications-the other two are a mobile phone kickstand and a device to control multiple desktop computer monitors-were submitted last December and granted this year, according to SIPO.
He has also been concentrating on writing in prison and published a science-fiction story last year about a lonely priest under his pseudonym, Wen Yan, Beijing Youth Daily reported.
Citing Nan’s good behaviour, including inventing and writing, Yancheng Prison recommended to Beijing No 2 Intermediate People’s Court on Nov 13 that his sentence be reduced.
The court approved the request this month, after receiving no complaints during a public review in November, and announced his sentence will be reduced by one year. Nan will be released in July 2019.
The former vice-chairman of the Chinese Football Association was imprisoned in 2012 for accepting bribes worth more than 1.19 million yuan (S$254,000) for fixing matches and illegally using his power in exchange for economic benefits. He was also fined 200,000 yuan.
Nan’s turnaround from a corrupt official to a reborn inventor sparked heated debate on Chinese social media on Tuesday.
“After all, he’s shown that he loves football anyway. He was just blinded by the desire for money,” a netizen going by the name Robinlovesellen wrote on Tuesday.
Another netizen, Shixiaofeng, wrote: “I strongly recommend that all the football governing body officials in China should work in jail so that they will be forced to make a real contribution to the game.”
During the Ministry of Public Security’s 2010-2012 campaign against football corruption and match-fixing, 59 officials, players, referees and club owners, including Nan and his predecessor, Xie Yalong, were put behind bars.

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