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Wednesday 22nd
posted by Morning Star in Sport

FIVE players and two match officials from Thailand’s top football division are among a dozen arrested for alleged match-fixing, Thai Football Association president Somyot Poompanmuang said yesterday

Somyot and national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda announced that the results of one match in July and three in September are under investigation.

Four players from the Navy club and one from Nakhon Ratchasima were allegedly paid up to 200,000 Thai baht (£4,600) to manipulate results.

The FA and police used information from data company Sportradar in the probe after reports of an unusual number of goals being scored in the late stages of the games.

“Match-fixing has been committed for a long time,” Somyot said during the news conference at the Royal Thai Police headquarters. “It’s time we eradicate this wrongdoing which is like a bad disease of our body that needs to be cured.”

Chakthip said 12 people had been released on bail.

Somyot said police help was essential and that unchecked corruption could spell the end of Thai football.

Chakthip said the alleged fixing was co-ordinated through a network comprising players, two referees, a club official and domestic and international investors.

He said the match and club officials could face up to 10 years in prison and fines if found guilty of match-fixing while the potential cost to players is up to five years in jail and fines.