The Hong Kong Football Association will seek the ICAC's assistance in investigating alleged match fixing in last week's First Division soccer match between Tuen Mun Progoal and Happy Valley. At the end of a two-hour special board meeting yesterday, HKFA chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak said the association had found no evidence of match fixing after reviewing video footage of the match - in which Happy Valley scored four goals in the final seven minutes to win 5-1. But the media reports of match fixing prompted the association to turn to the ICAC for further investigation. 'It is difficult for us to judge whether any Progoal player was involved in match fixing at this stage,' said Mr Leung. 'We simply do not have any evidence, as there have only been reports from the media saying an unnamed player was approached by football betting syndicates to throw away matches. 'Since the incident has caught a huge amount of public attention, we will seek assistance from law enforcement authorities [the Independent Commission Against Corruption] to carry out the necessary investigation. And this will start as soon as possible.' The association could still punish players and their respective clubs for poor sportsmanship if they were found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute. 'We found some Progoal players were just standing there towards the final stages of the match and, according to Fifa rules, we can investigate this matter,' he said. 'If players are found guilty, they will receive a maximum penalty of life suspension, while the club may also face a similar punishment.' The association would question Progoal players and officials and, if there was evidence of unsportsman-like conduct, they would refer the case to their disciplinary committee. Mr Leung said he was not aware of any match fixing in local games, but said there had been some suspected cases of illegal gambling. 'We have taken videos and photographs of some people during local matches, and we suspect they may be involved in football gambling. But we do not have any evidence, and will also pass this information to the authorities to see if they can help out,' he said. Despite a series of negative reports, the association chief said these incidents would not hurt the development of Hong Kong soccer. 'We have over 250,000 people involved in different levels of football activities,' he said. 'So far, we are only talking about players from one single club who might have been involved in violating the rules. 'This is insignificant, but we will do our best to stop players from getting involved in these activities.' The furore began when Progoal player Cheung Tin-tak wrote in his blog, after the 5-1 defeat, that his mainland teammates had thrown away the match for money. A television programme then interviewed an unnamed player who said he had been approached by football gambling syndicates to throw matches.