New Delhi: A Malaysian betting syndicate approached Indian clubs to fix I-League matches last season, a top official said on Tuesday, prompting the country's football federation to take the first step towards setting up an anti-corruption unit.
The clubs reported approaches at last week's FIFA-INTERPOL "Integrity in Sport Workshop" in New Delhi, and All India Football Federation (AIFF) vice president Subrata Dutta called it a genuine concern.
"Of course it is (a concern). Otherwise why would FIFA send INTERPOL here and spend so much money to educate us on how to tackle match-fixing, betting and other corruption?" Dutta told Reuters in a telephone interview.