M-League to employ FIFA match-fixing detection system

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has received the approval to introduce a FIFA  system that monitors irregular betting patterns, The Star reports.

The association has reportedly been given permission to use FIFA’s Early Warning System for its upcoming M-League in August.

“We have been proactive in combating match-fixing and it’s a massive boost to have FIFA agreeing to provide FAM with the EWS,” said Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) chief executive officer Kevin Rama­lingam, who represents the private independent entity behind the M-League.

“Teams which fail to meet these guidelines will not be given the licence to play in the M-League,” said Rama­lingam.

Malaysian football was hit with match fixing in the 1993-1994 season, which lead to the ban of 84 players nationwide in 1994.

An integrity committee was later set up by FAM in 2010 to tackle corruption and match fixing and has made huge strides in addressing the issue since.