BFF reforms match-fixing investigation committee

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:08, Feb 26,2021


Bangladesh Football Federation bolstered its match-fixing investigation committee on Friday, extending it to a seven-member committee from four, after an online betting scandal which has rocked the country’s football.

The seven-man committee comprised of one convener and six members, according to Friday’s BFF media release.

Humayun Khalid remained as the convener while Indu Bhusan Dev and Sardar Mohammad Shoaib were the other two members from the previous committee to get included in the new one.

Mohammad Mohsin and Khandakar Rokibul Islam were the inclusions in the committee.

The other two members will come from the National Security Intelligence and the Cyber and Special Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Detective Branch, but they haven’t been named yet.

‘The committee has been extended to ensure fair investigations on match-fixing,’ BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, who got dropped from the committee, told New Age. 

BFF extended the committee two days’ after its president Kazi Salahuddin announced the federation’s stance ‘zero tolerance’ stance against fixing, drug abuse and racism in domestic football.   

Salahuddin made the announcement on Thursday amid BFF’s ongoing investigation on Bangladesh Premier League outfits Arambagh Krira Sangha and Brothers Union over allegations of involvement in online betting.

The Asian Football Confederation suspected Arambagh and Brothers to be involved in online betting in five matches of the ongoing BPL.

Arambagh’s matches against Mohammedan Sporting Club, Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra and Abahani Limited held respectively on January 17, February 9 and 13 and Brothers’ games against Abahani and Bashundhara Kings held respectively on January 19 and 23 were put into question.

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