Replies to Media ● Jun 04, 2014

FAS reply to queries on match fixing

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“The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has a zero-tolerance policy towards match-fixing/football corruption and will permanently suspend any player or official who is convicted in a court of law for football corruption offences.

“Over the years, we have also established a robust education and prevention system that has successfully helped us to combat match-fixing in Singapore.

“For example, before the start of every season, the relevant¬† authorities will conduct a briefing for officials, players and staff on what constitutes match-fixing/football corruption and the severe consequences that come with it.

“FAS has also implemented measures throughout every season including the requirement that officials and players must report immediately to their respective clubs and relevant authorities should they be approached by anyone who attempts to lead them in the wrong direction.

Whenever we receive information pertaining to possible cases of match fixing, the FAS will immediately contact its relevant partners, both in Singapore and overseas, and work closely with them in the investigations.

“Another measure that the FAS has successfully implemented is random polygraph testing of players. This measure has been commended by both FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

‘We are encouraged to note that no players have been convicted of match-fixing in Singapore in recent years. This shows that our methods have been effective. However, we are not taking things for granted and are always looking at more ways to prevent match-fixing and football corruption from happening in Singapore.

“Finally, we urge anyone who has any information on match-fixing activities to come forward and alert us.”