FFA wishes to correct media reports that more than $A40 million was wagered in Asia on a Hyundai A-League match in December 2012.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) wishes to correct media reports that more than $A40 million was wagered in Asia on a Hyundai A-League match in December 2012.
FFA can confirm that the amount wagered was in fact in vicinity of $A5 million.
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 on Friday 7 December 2012.
The media reports also incorrectly stated that law enforcement agencies investigating match fixing were concentrating on an A-League match.
FFA has been advised that no A-League matches are subject to investigation by Australian law enforcement agencies.
“FFA wants to correct the coverage that has cast a shadow over one Hyundai A-League match,” FFA CEO David Gallop said.
“Our integrity systems gave us the assurance that there were no concerns with the match at Hindmarsh Stadium.
“FFA has sympathy for the clubs, players and officials in that match who got caught up in that story. It-s a reminder that everyone must be careful to deal with the real evidence. The facts can have a calming effect and this is a case in point.”
In relation to today-s meeting of COMPPS (the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports), the FFA CEO said:
“The meeting with the CEOs of the major sports was a chance to get an update on the events of the last week since the Federal Government requested us to attend a media conference in Canberra,” Gallop said.
“The AFL and NRL indicated that they are involved in ongoing issues, but that the focus is not on match fixing.
“All sports confirmed that they have strict drug and integrity policies in place. We will all review those policies as appropriate.
“I reiterate that no specific concerns have been raised in relation to football, but as a sport we will remain vigilant in this area.”