Six arrested over HK$90,000 bribes as Hong Kong corruption unit confirms ongoing probe into Pegasus

Five players, four of whom are suspended from all football activities, and one suspected bookmaker have been released on ICAC bail

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 4:44pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 October, 2016, 12:01am

Six people, including five former and current soccer players, were arrested in connection with allegations relating to bribery and the fixing of results of Hong Kong soccer matches involving a local club, the ICAC confirmed on Thursday.

The five were arrested in an operation codenamed “Flower Field”, which was launched on Tuesday. They included an assistant coach cum player, three serving players and a former player. The remaining individual is a suspected bookmaker.

Hong Kong Pegasus issued a statement late on Thursday, saying the club has suspended the four active players from all duties until the ICAC investigation has been completed.

The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint alleging match-fixing in matches of the Hong Kong Reserve Division League in the 2015-16 season.

Corruption commission arrests five players from Hong Kong Premier League club Pegasus over suspected match-fixing

Inquiries revealed that the five arrested players may have conspired to accept bribes from other persons, including the suspected bookmaker, as rewards for their participation in rigging four reserve league matches involving the soccer club.

The alleged bribes were said to amount to over HK$90,000.

The arrested bookmaker was also alleged to have taken illegal bets from bettors on those soccer matches.

All those arrested have been released on ICAC bail. Inquiries are continuing.