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Thursday, October 6, 2016, 23:05

ICAC confirms bribery case of 5 soccer players


HONG KONG – The city’s graft buster on Thursday confirmed an alleged bribery case which involved five local soccer players in match-fixing.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) said that six people, including five professional soccer players and a bookmaker, were arrested for alleged bribery in an operation codenamed “Flower Field”. All have been released on bail.

It was the first match-fixing scandal in the city since an earlier one two years ago.

Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Football Association Pui Kwan-kay on Thursday expressed his regrets over the match fixing. He said it will adversely affect the image of Hong Kong soccer. Pui also said match fixing is immoral.

ICAC spokesperson revealed that the alleged bribes were said to be over HK$90,000. The five soccer players: An assistant coach and player, a former player and three serving players of the Hong Kong Pegasus FC soccer club, are believed to have attempted to rig matches.

The club, subsequently, suspended a staffer and three players until the investigation ends. It insisted it had zero-tolerance to match-fixing.

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