2018 BOG: Probe into match fixing claims

Suva's Waisake Navunigasau and Ba's Saula Waqa contest for the ball during the final of the Inkk Mobile BOG at Churchill Park Lautoka. Picture. REINAL CHAND/FILE

AN investigation committee has been formed by the Fiji Football Association to look into complaints by Lautoka of match fixing at the recent Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirmed that the Tavua side will be investigated on possible match fixing allegations.

“We have formed a committee to do the investigations. The committee will meet players and officials of Lautoka and gather information and evidence. The report will then be given to the Board of Control who will assess it and then hand it to the Ethics Committee to decide what is appropriate,” Yusuf said.

It is understood that the Lautoka Football Association made the allegations after Labasa thumped Tavua 5-nil on day three of the BOG.

The 5-nil drubbing meant Labasa secured a spot in the tournament semi-finals, leaving Lautoka to win at least by four clear goals against Ba later that day to qualify for the semi-finals.

Lautoka bowed out of the tournament with six points despite defeating Ba 2-nil, as Ba and Labasa each had six points but a better goal average than Lautoka.

Yusuf said they will go deeper into these matters such as match fixing because it was important to keep football clean in all aspects.

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