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Asian football chiefs push for Integrity Officers

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2014 at 1:09 am •  Published: May 27, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Asian Football Confederation has ordered member associations to appoint integrity officers in a renewed bid to tackle corruption and match-fixing in the region.

The call has been prompted by a series of recent incidents, including the expulsion of the Vissai Ninh Binh team from the Vietnam domestic league after players admitted being paid to fix a match.

AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa told a Football Integrity and Security summit in Doha last week "when talking about integrity in football, the fight against match-fixing rises as top a priority."

The Australian media this week reported claims made in a book by Singaporean convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal that he had influenced the outcome of a 2010 friendly between Australia and Egypt, which Egypt won 3-0.