Lee finds no evidence of fixing
HONG Kong Football Association (HKFA) chairman Stewart Lee Leung-nang found no evidence of match-fixing in Golden's 6-0 humiliating defeat by South China at the Hong Kong Stadium after reviewing the tape of the game yesterday.
Lee is also to view the tape of Golden's Challenge Shield first-round 3-0 victory over Instant-Dict on Tuesday.
The match at Mongkok Stadium ended with a pitch invasion involving more than 50 people and the players' tunnel was blocked by more than 100 fans who were annoyed by Golden's extreme performances over the two matches.
'The tape of Tuesday's match is not ready at the moment but I am definitely going to watch it to see who should be responsible for the chaos after the match,' Lee said.
'And I will meet the venue committee to discuss ways to prevent a similar incident from happening again.
'I would also like to see whether or not Golden gave two extreme performances.' Lee admitted he believed some of Golden's Chinese players did not perform to their usual standard in the league defeat on November 21 which sealed the first stage of the championship for South China.
'But it is not unusual. The players are human beings, not robots. They have ups and downs,' he said.
'The players' performances can be affected by many things - physical fitness, emotions, pitch.
'If a player plays in an unusual way, it does not mean he is trying to fix a match.' Lee added he had not received any complaints from the clubs or HKFA officials about possible match-fixing in that game.
However, he said the HKFA anti-bribery committee were ready to investigate match-fixing or gambling if they received complaints.
'The committee have viewed the tapes of some of the local matches but no evidence of match-fixing has been found,' he said.
Meanwhile, Golden face Sing Tao in the Challenge Shield quarter-finals at Mongkok Stadium this afternoon.
The winners will play struggling champions Eastern for a place in the final on December 17 at the Hong Kong Stadium.
Sing Tao, who finished fifth after the first stage of the league, have returned from their training camp in Guangzhou where they defeated two local teams.
'The club has offered at least $300,000 in bonus if we lift the title. I believe our players will try their best today,' said Sing Tao manager Edward Shum Wang-ho.
They drew 1-1 in the league on November 10.
Probable lineups Sing Tao: Darren Collier; Pau Ka-yiu, Tam Ah-fook, Paul Masefield, Chiu Chun-ming; Lau Chi-yuen, Darren Jackson, Chu Yu-tai, Chan Tsz-kong; Nick Dent, Stephen Stott.
Golden: Chan Hing-wing; Tang Chi-ming, Marlon Van der Sander, Mike Duxbury, Lee Fuk-wing; Lo Kai-wah, Chiu Chung-man, Mark Grainger, Carlton Fairweather; Lee Bullen, Anto Grabo.