FIFA's former head of security Chris Eaton (R) talks with Deputy President of Football Federation of Malaysia Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah. Officials from FIFA arrived in Malaysia in 2011 as part of a global investigation on match-fixing and illegal gambling. EPA
The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) yesterday said that they had not received any inquiry linking the Sultanate to global betting syndicates.
A report published by themalaymailonline.com quoted former FIFA security head Chris Eaton who said Malaysians had ties with global betting syndicates and were linked to leagues and agents in Australia, England and Brunei.
But the NFABD said they were not aware of the issue.
"We have not heard any of it and this is the first time I am hearing about it," said NFABD Vice-President Pehin Datu Indera Sugara Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Hj Mohammad Yusof Abu Bakar.
"We have not received any official or unofficial inquiry regarding the issue, and I am very surprised to hear it," he added.
In the report, Eaton said he was aware of Malaysians who are linked to fixing league matches with connections in Australia, England and Brunei.
"But it's far bigger than Malaysia as you know. All our tracks are leading to China and Russia via compliant, complicit and ignorant others," the director of Sport Integrity at the International Centre for Sport and Security was quoted as saying..
Eaton said he was unsure if the Malaysian League (M-League) - which kicked-off last week - was spared from such activities.
"We are in the middle of these inquiries now. We haven't looked at the M-league for a while. Just look at the names of (match-fixers) those arrested in Australia and England. These guys use each other's names and even passports from time to time."
"You have had the self-destruction of several Singapore based match-fixing syndicates through infighting over the past two years. These syndicates have Malaysians and Malaysian bested colleagues, runners and opportunity-spotters for instance. These are all pawns of the betting-fraud (while the) kingpins, and almost all, are China nationals, Malaysians or Russians."
Eaton, in 2011, said Malaysians were involved in match-fixing scandals in Germany, Finland and Singapore but insisted it did not involve the FA of Malaysia.