The Star (Nairobi)

14 February 2013

Kenya: A-League Avoids Match-Fixing Probe, Says FFA

There are no A-League matches under investigation for match-fixing by local law enforcement agencies and reports A$40m (Sh3.6bn) were wagered on one match are incorrect, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said yesterday.

Last week, Victoria police Assistant Commissioner Graham Ashton claimed more than "40 million dollars" had been wagered on one match in the Australian top flight, expressing concerns that such amounts could lead to match-fixing. "FFA can confirm that the amount wagered was in fact in vicinity of A$5 million (Sh451m)," Australian soccer's national governing body said in a news release.

"The error occurred when media outlets reported the estimated figure in Australian dollars instead of the correct denomination of Hong Kong dollars.

"The bets were held on the Round 10 fixture between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory at Hindmarsh Stadium in December 2012. "The media reports also incorrectly stated that law enforcement agencies investigating match fixing were concentrating on an A-League match.

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