KUCHING: Several national dailies yesterday reported that Sarawak may also be investigated in the current corruption probe on the Perak team in the Malaysia Cup.
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Integrity Committee chairman Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat was quoted in these reports as saying that the committee will do so if there is evidence that warrants it.
But enquiries by The Borneo Post suggest these claims had little credibility.
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has since released an official statement yesterday denying that the on-going investigation has been extended to Sarawak.
Some Perak officials and players have been suspended after the team suffered a humiliating 1-6 hammering by Sarawak in Kuching on Sept 21.
The press release by FAM yesterday did say that Perak Football Association (Pafa) have submitted a report to FAM citing the possibility of an “element of bribery.”
But in it FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin stated that Aseh had never made any such statements.
“He (Aseh) never mentioned it and the matter was never discussed. Not even during the 11th FAM Integrity Committee meeting in Putrajaya last Monday,” he added.
Hamidin stressed that Aseh was wrongly misquoted by those newspaper reports.
Meanwhile, after finding out about FAM’s press statement, Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) president Datu Sudarsono Osman was a relieved man.
He said the success of the Crocs in the Premier League and Malaysia Cup this season was due to sheer hard work.
His deputy Datuk Abu Bakar Marzuki added that Sarawak can now go on to focus on on-field matters without any distractions.