India, Malaysia Azlan Shah match fixed claims newspaper

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Kuala Lumpur, Jun 25 (UNI) The Asian hockey was today rocked with the allegations that India and Malaysia played a ''fixed'' match in the Azlan Shah tournament at Ipoh on May 17.

This is the second time that the two teams have been charged with allegedly fixing their match. Earlier, in 1995 at the Pre-Olympic Qualifiers in Barcelona, Canada had complained that India and Malaysia ''fixed'' their tie to qualify for the Atlanta Olympics.

The Inquiry committee then set up by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) had however given a clean chit to both the countries.

This time surprisingly it is the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) which has lodged an FIR after a newspaper - the 'Malay Mail' - published a report claiming that several Malaysian players had fixed their last round robin match against India as they had placed online bets on the hosts losing the game.

The MHF has also started their own investigation into the allegations regarding the match in which India had defeated Malaysia 2-1.

Meanwhile, the FIH has also taken a serious note of the report, ''This is the first time we have heard of such allegations. We compliment the MHF for their prompt action and will wait for the results of the investigation'' FIH president Els van Breda Vriesman was quoted as saying by the 'Malay Mail'.

'' We will wait for the results of the investigation before taking action on the match-fixing allegations in the Azlan Shah round robin match between Malaysia and India.'' she added.


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