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Football Match Fixing: CBI conducts preliminary investigation in football match fixing…


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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a preliminary inquiry into the alleged football-fixing case. Sources have informed about this to the news agency ANI. In fact, on Sunday, the case of match-fixing in Indian club football was raised. The CBI had received information about an international fixer who allegedly invested “huge sums” in at least five Indian football clubs through shell companies. After this, the CBI has taken this step to investigate match-fixing in football matches. This is the first time that fixing in Indian football has come out so openly. The CBI recently visited the All India Football Federation (AIFF) headquarters in Delhi and sought more information about the clubs and their investments in connection with alleged match-fixing in football. According to media reports, Singapore-based match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal, who was first jailed for match-fixing in Singapore in 1995 and was also convicted in Finland and Hungary, is behind the case. Reports said that he had invested in Indian clubs through Living 3D Holdings Limited. However, it has also been learned that the fixer has previously been associated with other prestigious tournaments including the Olympics, World Cup qualifiers, Women’s World Cup, CONCACAF Gold Cup and the African Cup of Nations. AIFF General Secretary Shaji Prabhakaran has said that AIFF has zero tolerance towards match-fixing and we have asked the clubs to cooperate in the investigation. Shaji said – There are concerns about the investments made by shell companies linked to the fixer. We will make every effort to ensure that Indian football has no links with anyone even remotely connected with match-fixing. The CBI has also sought information from the clubs about all contracts, sponsors, besides agencies involved in the signing of foreign players and technical staff. Along with this, it has also come to light that Indian Arrows, a team involved in the I-League, has also faced serious allegations. According to an AIFF official- It is a serious matter of investigation as to how Indian Arrows landed in the fixing scandal. The Arrows were funded by the AIFF and the Government of Odisha and did not have any foreign players or foreign staff (for the past four years). It could possibly be some people associated with the team.

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a preliminary inquiry into the alleged football-fixing case. Sources have informed about this to the news agency ANI. In fact, on Sunday, the case of match-fixing in Indian club football was raised. The CBI had received information about an international fixer who allegedly invested “huge sums” in at least five Indian football clubs through shell companies. After this, the CBI has taken this step to investigate match-fixing in football matches. This is the first time that fixing in Indian football has come to the fore so openly.

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