Football Association warns First Division clubs against 'unethical activities' The Hong Kong Football Association is worried about match-fixing after discovering that a Gibraltar-registered internet company was taking bets on local games. Martin Lam Chun-ying, secretary general of the association, said yesterday a circular had been sent to all First Division clubs to warn them against any 'unethical activities'. 'We are aware of reports that bets can be placed on local First Division matches through the internet,' he said. 'We cannot do anything about that, but we have reminded the clubs that the FA will not tolerate any unethical activities by them or their players. 'Both Fifa and the Asian Football Confederation are taking firm action against corruption in football and as the governing body of Hong Kong football, we are no exception,' added Lam. Betandwin.com, which touts itself as Europe's leading bookmaker, has been taking bets on Hong Kong matches since Christmas. This has raised concerns that any surprising results could come under scrutiny. Last Saturday's match between Kitchee and Hong Kong 08, which ended in a 1-1 draw, raised eyebrows. Hong Kong 08 had failed to register a single point in nine previous outings. They had conceded 32 goals and scored just one prior to the game. Betandwin offered 5.7-1 odds on the draw. Kitchee boss Ken Ng Kin, though, was quick to dismiss any match-fixing allegations after the game. 'We had our chances, but just could not take them. It is ridiculous to link this result with any internet betting,' said Ng. Fifa set up a task force in November to address betting-related problems, while Asian Football Confederation president Mohammed Bin Hammam called for tougher measures against corruption in the sport last week. Former China international Fan Zhiyi, who is now player-coach with local side Buler Rangers, has also warned his players against getting involved in match-fixing. 'Match-rigging is intolerable and is against the law. If they [the players] know anything about it, they should report it to the authorities immediately,' said Fan after his side's 5-0 loss to Xiangxue Sun Hei last Saturday. The Hong Kong national team won the AFC's Fair Play Award in November and Lam said the FA would do its best to safeguard this reputation. 'Our stand is very clear. If we find any misconduct, we will take firm action to punish those involved,' he said. Lee Kin-wo, the former Hong Kong captain, said he was not worried that internet betting on local matches would lead to dodgy results. 'The fact that an internet betting company is offering odds on Hong Kong matches will lead to gossip, but I think Hong Kong players are smart and they will not get involved in misconduct,' said Lee. 'We went through this in the 1990s and will not repeat those mistakes.' Four Hong Kong players were jailed after being found guilty of a match-fixing charge relating to Hong Kong's World Cup qualifier against Thailand in March 1997. Winger Chan Tsz-kong was sentenced to one year in jail, while goalkeeper Kevin Lok Kar-win, defender Chan Chi-keung and striker Wai Kwan-lung were jailed for 22 months. Chan Tsz-kwong pocketed $80,000, while the others received $30,000 each for their part in throwing the match. Thailand eventually won the game 2-0.