The local football scene has been dealt another blow in its fight against corruption when Shokri Nor, an experienced and senior referee was charged in Singapore for match fixing.
He was alledged to received RM15,000 from an ex-player and businessman S. Thana Segar to fix the match between Singapore LIONSXII and Sarawak. He was replaced for the match at the last minute after officials were tipped by the authorities.
It is believed several other officials are on the take;
Several other Malaysian match officials could be involved in match-fixing as a top FAM official, who declined to be named, revealed that the association had been monitoring several referees for the past three months following complaints.
Shokri, 48, was one of the most experienced local match officials, having refereed several important matches, including last year’s Malaysia Cup final where Negri Sembilan were crowned champion.
Thana Segar, 38, meanwhile, was one of the more than 100 local footballers banned for life by FAM in 1994 for match-fixing.
Hope the hands of the law will catch whoever is cheating the fans by fixing the outcome of matches and impose severe fines on them. Shame on these crooks!