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Ex-national Footballer Remanded Seven Days In Match-Fixing Probe

PUTRAJAYA: A former national football player has been remanded for seven days by the magistrate’s court here over alleged match-fixing activities.

Khairul Anuar Baharum, 43, will be remanded to aid in investigations on match fixing Premier League matches involving the Malaysian Indian Sports Council-Malaysia Indian Football Asso­ciation (MISC-MIFA).

The former Selangor and Negri Sembilan player was arrested on Friday at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya where he went to surrender himself.

Last week, a 49-year-old bookie was remanded in the probe. This came following the arrest of three players – a foreign import, aged 29, and two locals, aged 26 and 27 – from the MIFA Premier League squad.

MACC alleged that its initial investigations showed that the players had received bribes of between RM10,000 and RM30,000 from bookies to influence match outcomes over the past few years.

All three were said to have received hundreds of thousands of ringgit from syndicates.

They are being investigated under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009, which carries a fine of five times the amount of the bribery or jail term of 20 years.-Thestar

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