8 Jan 2014

Nine people arrested in Hong Kong for match fixing

5:41 am on 8 January 2014

Nine people have been arrested over alleged football match-fixing in Hong Kong.

The city's anti-corruption watchdog says nine people, including professional football players, have been arrested for alleged bribery in rigging the results of football matches involving a local football club.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption did not specify the names of the players or the club.

The Hong Kong Football Association has confirmed to AFP that an investigation is underway but refused to comment on the arrests.

The southern Chinese city has a low-key football scene, with each top division game often attracting less than a thousand spectators.

In Britain, two Singaporean men were arrested for suspected match-fixing over lower-league English football games in November of last year.

In Singapore, 14 people were held in raids in September last year for match-fixing after a crackdown on one of the gangs linked to hundreds of rigged football games worldwide.