Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Maltese football club Swieqi United (pictured) has reported an attempt to bribe its players during a 7 February match against Zejtun Corinthians to the Maltese Football Association (MFA). ‘Swieqi United FC would like to make it clear that at no time did any player or club official allege that Zejtun Corinthians FC was involved in the incidents reported’, read a club statement. ‘We have always made it clear that the influence came from unidentified sources. It is in the best interest of all those who love football that these incidents are tackled head on and therefore all clubs should stand united.’
It is understood that Zejtun Corinthians asked the MFA to investigate, after Swieqi goalkeeper, Matthew Mulholland, said through a Facebook post that he had received a bribe. The MFA’s Integrity Officer, Franz Tabone, told Malta Today that the island is fertile ground for match-fixing. “Today I am more convinced that almost every game in Maltese football is tainted by gambling, legal and illegal,” he told the newspaper. “With €70 million in regulated bets, and another €70 million in illegal bets, you have to ask who could possibly be interested enough in Maltese football to place these bets.” Tabone will be passing Swieqi United’s report to local police.
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