Football matches in Goa under match-fixing spotlight yet again

PANAJI: A year after Goan football was shamed with reports of suspicious betting patterns indicative of match-fixing in the Goa Professional League, there is now more trouble for the state sport.
The Goa Football Association has informed its executive committee members Football Fixed Matches and all participating clubs that matches in the league are either fixed or manipulated.

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“Since the start of the season, our data and integrity partners Genius Sports have alerted us to several matches which they have strong indications have been fixed and/or otherwise manipulated for betting purposes. This is simply unacceptable,” GFA general Football Fixed Matches secretary Jovito Lopes wrote in a confidential note to members on Tuesday.
According to sources, at least three matches in the ongoing Goa Professional League have come under the scanner for alleged match-fixing.
Reports of suspicious betting patterns and alleged match-fixing in Goan football comes a year after GFA was alerted by another betting watchdog, London-based Sportradar, that six games played between October 16, 2019 and November 19, 2019 were highly suspicious.

“These things should not happen Football Fixed Matches in football, but we do not have any proof right now. We will see what happens. It is not the clubs (who are involved in match-fixing), but players could be directly involved,” GFA Football Fixed Matches president Churchill Alemao told TOI.
One of the suspicious matches is understood to be a clash between defending champions Churchill Brothers FC and Salgaocar FC on February 2. The match was goalless until the 63rd minute when Salgaocar broke the deadlock and went on to score five in the next 27 minutes.
Alemao, who owns Churchill Brothers, was incensed with his team’s performance and later made changes to the coaching staff.

“The players who Football Fixed Matches didn’t play well were not given a chance again. We brought in  Armando (Colaco) who is a very good coach and he has soon improved the team. We want him for next season as well,” said Alemao.

Those who have watched the games regularly this season say several other matches are being looked at suspiciously with players either having an easy run towards the rival goal, or even scoring own goals.

The GFA has now started collecting evidence and asked all stakeholders to come forward, if they were approached, or if they were in the know of malpractices.

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“The GFA is treating such evidence with the highest levels of importance and urgency and, alongside Genius Sports, are in the process of investigating each match in accordance with GFA’s new Ethics Code,” said Lopes.

The Ethics Code was adopted at last week’s executive committee meeting.

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“Every participant and stakeholder in football in Goa is responsible for maintaining the integrity of our matches and competitions, without which football in the region shall quickly lose all credibility and commercial opportunities,” said Lopes, adding that competitions committee chairman Dominic Pereira has been appointed as a single point contact for all integrity matters.
For a year since the match-fixing suspicions were red-flagged, the GFA did not initiate a probe or move ahead with its investigation. There was one probe that saw the association point an accusing finger at its own partner.

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Till last week, matches were being played behind closed doors at the Duler Football Stadium in Mapusa due to the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 12 teams are taking part in a single leg format with 66 matches being lined-up.
Even though fans were not allowed, the Goa Pro League has drawn big interest with live broadcast for every match this season.

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