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No sign of match-rigging detected in Vietnam-Malaysia semi: AFF

Monday, December 15, 2014, 12:30 GMT+7
No sign of match-rigging detected in Vietnam-Malaysia semi: AFF
Vietnamese fans react after the 2-4 loss of Vietnam to Malaysia in Hanoi on December 11, 2014.

There are no signs in the betting markets to prove that the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal second leg between Vietnam and Malaysia on December 11 in Hanoi was fixed, according to Sportradar – a supplier of betting-related data services and partner of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF).

The security service did not observe any suspicious betting patterns in any of the pre-match or live betting markets, the AFF confirmed Friday on its official website while quoting the conclusion of Sportradar. The AFF and Sportradar entered into a partnership agreement to secure unparalleled coverage and analysis of the global betting markets offered on all 18 matches of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup, co-hosted by Singapore and Vietnam from November 22 to December 20.

Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System will notify the AFF if there are any suspicious betting patterns in any of the 12 group stage games or the six matches in the knock-out stages.

In fact, moderate betting confidence was witnessed for Vietnam to win the match in the pre-match markets, however this betting was not strong enough to raise any integrity concerns.

Although Malaysia recorded a surprising victory to advance to the final, Sportradar can find no betting evidence to suggest that this match was targeted for manipulation, the AFF partner added in its conclusion.

Vietnam beat Malaysia 2-1 in the first leg on December 7 in Kuala Lumpur but shockingly conceded a 2-4 loss to their Malaysian rivals in the return game in Hanoi four days later, with most of the goals ‘gifted’ by Vietnamese players to their opponents.

Winning 5-4 on aggregate, Malaysia advanced to the finale with Thailand, to be played on December 17 and 20 on a home and away basis.

After the humiliating defeat, public opinion in Vietnam has it that Vietnamese defenders might have rigged the match to get money from betting syndicates.

Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) chairman Le Hung Dung publicly announced he would ask police to investigate the loss immediately after the game ended.

Police have requested the VFF to give them the telephone numbers, ID cards and bank accounts of five suspected players of the Vietnamese national football team for their investigation.

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