Arrest warrants sought for 12 individuals for match-fixing in Thai League games

The  Football Association of Thailand (FAT) today (Nov 21) sought warrants from the Criminal Court to arrest 12 people in the football business for alleged match-fixing in the Thai Premier League competitions.

The wanted culprits included football players, linemen, referee, football club executive board members and their financiers.

The action was called by FAT president Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang.

Pol Gen Somyot said a press conference will be held this afternoon at the Royal Thai Police to reveal the names of all match fixing culprits who had badly tarnished the reputation of the FAT.

Royal Thai Police commissioner Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda will chair the press conference at 2pm.

The arrest of these people came after joint investigation by over 30 officers from the Metropolitan Police Bureau and the Central Investigation Bureau after being requested by the FAT.

The FAT supplied the police with evidence of the frauds in four matches in the “Toyota Thai League 2017” that indicated match-fixing.

They included four professional football players, one referee, one lineman, one executive of a football club, one club president, and four influential financiers.

If found guilty, the hirer and players of match-fixing is subject to five years in prison, and 200,000-500,000 baht fine.

Referee taking bribes is subject to 1-10 years in prison, and 300,000-600,000 baht fine or facing both penalties.

Earlier Pol Gen Somyot indicated that some foreigners were involved in manipulating the results of matches in domestic tournaments as well.

He said he was confident of ridding Thai football of such match-fixing soon.

Last week, he and national police chief Chakthip vowed that nobody would be spared of the frauds.