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AFC red-flags 6 Goa Professional League matches for possible ‘manipulation’, GFA says no evidence

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Reacting to the event, the AIFF mentioned it follows a zero-tolerance coverage to any type of corruption within the sport.

The Asian Football Confederation has red-flagged six matches of final 12 months’s Goa Professional League for possible “match manipulation” however the state affiliation on Monday mentioned there was not sufficient evidence.

The AFC had written to the integrity officer of AIFF, Javed Siraj, in March informing about “suspicious betting patterns indicative of match manipulation” in six matches held between October 16 and November 19 final 12 months.

Goa Football Association secretary Jovito Lopes mentioned his organisation had performed an investigation and in addition caught maintain of 1 individual — Gabriel Fernandes — who was giving ball-by-ball commentary of Goa League matches however mentioned match-fixing couldn’t be proved attributable to a scarcity of evidence.

The matches concerned native groups Calangute Association, Panjim Footballers, Guardian Angel Sports Club, FC Goa II and former I-League sides Dempo SC, Salgaocar and Sporting Clube de Goa.

He went on to say that the suspected individual was caught red-handed whereas he was giving the commentary throughout an I-League match at Margao on March eight this 12 months between Churchill Brothers and Gokulam Kerala FC.

“We have investigated after getting the letter but we can’t conclude that there was match-fixing. We don’t have hard evidence. The AIFF can only give us evidence and conduct a thorough investigation,” Lopes informed PTI from Goa.

“We have sent our report to Mr. Siraj after our investigation on March 9 and we are yet to hear from the AIFF after that.”

In his reply to the AIFF letter, Lopes mentioned the suspected individual carried an I-Card issued by the AIFF because the legitimate reporter of Genius Group.

“It was on 08.03.2020 at Nehru Stadium, Fotorda, Margao that our vice-president, Mr. Anthony Pongo brought to the notice of GFA Secretary that there was one person in the stadium’s west zone who was constantly on mobile, relaying the commentary of the Hero I-League match between Churchill Brothers vs (Gokulam) Kerala FC,” Lopes mentioned in his reply.

“…since the Genius Group is allegedly linked to Bet 365, the possibilities of online betting pretty is high, play by play. However, we have no proof or evidence in the matter.

“… the Genius Group’s by AIFF must be significantly appeared into.”

Lopes said the “severe matter” was immediately brought to the notice of the match commissioner of the said I-League game.

“He (Match Commissioner) replied that he couldn’t intervene and that or not it’s reported to the AIFF which was executed,” the GFA secretary said.

“Further, our investigations with our Duler stadium supervisor, Mr. Anthony Lobo revealed that the identical individual was additionally attending Goa Professional

League matches at Duler Stadium. He would buy a ticket to enter the stadium and sit within the spectators’ gallery and relay the match proceedings.”

Reacting to the development, the AIFF said it follows a zero-tolerance policy to any form of corruption in the sport.

“AIFF Integrity Officer Mr. Javed Siraj is at the moment trying into monitored studies from Sportsradar, an organization engaged by the Asian Football   Confederation in reference to fixing allegations within the Goa Professional League which is hosted and performed by the Goa Football Association (GFA),” it said.

“The AIFF Integrity officer has already adopted it up twice, and is at the moment awaiting a reply from authorities within the GFA after explanations have been sought in a letter in January 2020, which was adopted up by an official go to in February 2020.”

Lopes said there was no complaint lodged in Goa regarding possible match-fixing.

“I visited the Panjim Police station as there have been rumours {that a} grievance on match-fixing was lodged by a Panjim-based soccer membership. After assembly with two sub-inspectors and the pinnacle constable it was ascertained that no such grievance on match-fixing was lodged.

“Further, our investigations also revealed that the contracts of a couple of players of a football club were terminated on alleged suspicion.” 

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