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India Football: AIFF offers help to stem 'match-fixing' rot in Goa

Arjun Singh Devgan
AIFF is the governing body for football in India
AIFF is the governing body for football in India / MONEY SHARMA/GettyImages

All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary, Kushal Das has responded to the match-fixing saga making waves in Goan football, offering to help the State association to curb the ‘match-fixing disease’.

Goa Football Association (GFA) president, Churchill Alemao recently accepted that match-fixing existed when it comes to football in the state, a confirmation which sent shock waves across the entire country.

“It’s a sad statement to make. Goa is one of the hubs of Indian football and whatever help he (Churchill Alemao) requires; we have an integrity department to support him in this regard. Match-fixing has to be stopped.  We have always sent reports of Sports Radar to GFA but GFA should have taken care of that,” Das said to Herald.

Former GFA officials have called for the government and GFA set up a thorough investigation in this matter, following the acceptance of of match fixing by his own club - believing that it is time to stem the rot.

"The government should immediately constitute a SIT to probe into large scale match fixing and bring offenders to book as it tarnishes the fair name of the State which has been promoting football as the official sport," Elvis Gomes, former GFA president said.

This isn’t the first time that GFA has experienced match-fixing as in 2020 the AFC had red-flagged six Goa Professional League matches. The GFA had instituted an inquiry committee to investigate the episode, though nothing as come out of it as yet.