Happy Valley and Tuen Mun, clubs at centre of match-fixing probe, stripped of all points

HKFA decides to annul all games both teams have played this season

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 February, 2014, 1:07am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 February, 2014, 10:35am

Beleaguered clubs Tuen Mun and Happy Valley received more punishment amid an investigation into allegations of match fixing when the Hong Kong Football Association decided last night to annul all their First Division games this season.

The HKFA is expected to make an official announcement today, but it is understood that Tuen Mun and Happy Valley will have all their points docked and that their opposition would be handed 3-0 victories.

Tuen Mun and Happy Valley have been struggling in the league, and have accumulated just five points between them, with Tuen Mun scoring just one victory and a draw from nine games played. Happy Valley are winless this season, picking up just one point from nine games.

Last night's move comes in the wake of Tuesday's decision by an HKFA committee to suspend both clubs from league fixtures for the rest of the season.

The ad hoc six-member committee was specially convened to oversee an investigation over match-fixing.

The association's independent director, Stephen Yau, is the chairman and the retired assistant director of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Sam Hui Kwok-ting, is also a member.

The HKFA will also decide today the system of promotion and demotion in the league, and whether just one club will be relegated to the Second Division.

Happy Valley are expected to appeal their suspension from the league and are seeking legal advice.

Meanwhile, Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei coasted to the second round of the FA Cup after thrashing Second Division side, Kwai Tsing, 9-1 at Mong Kok Stadium last night.

Playing on a bitterly cold evening, Sun Hei showed the huge gulf between the sides with Reinaldo de Morais Peres, Michel Antunes Lugo and Zhang Jun each scoring twice. Sun Hei led 3-1 at the break before continuing their dominance in the second period.