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Prove claim, Anil tells Labasa

Written By : Sun Fij Sportsdesk. Days after calling for an independent enquiry into allegations of match fixing at the Fiji FACT final, Navua boss Anil Sharma is now contemplating
08 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Sun Fij Sportsdesk. Days after calling for an independent enquiry into allegations of match fixing at the Fiji FACT final, Navua boss Anil Sharma is now contemplating legal action against his Labasa counterpart Abinesh Kumar.
“A lot of things have been alleged by the Labasa president through the media and I’m challenging him to prove the allegations. If he can prove it then Navua will give up the Fiji FACT trophy,’’ he said.
Sharma said he has talked to his lawyers about preparing a case of character assassination after the enquiry team to be set up by Fiji FA finished its job.
“I’m still very much traumatized with what all has followed after Navua won the Fiji FACT and so is my family by bearing the abuses and slurs from relatives, friends and business friends.’’
“Because of his (Abinesh’s) baseless allegations, I have received death threats which has been reported to the Navua police,’’ he said.
Sharma, who is also the longest serving district president in Fiji, said his image has been tarnished by what he referred to as a cover up by the Labasa president for the unexpected loss in the final.
“I must make it every clear that before the Fiji FACT it was already news that Pita Bolaitoga and Maciu Dunadamu had signed a request for release from Labasa. Now they have been made scapegoats for the team’s failure. The president also accused goalkeeper Shamal Kumar for taking bribe and the enquiry team should also look into that as well.’’
“I welcome the setting up of the independent enquiry and if Abinesh (Kumar) is not able to provide the enquiry team with evidence then Fiji FA should suspend him from soccer for 10-years for bringing disrepute to the game.’’
“At the moment whatever Labasa president has been saying is only verbal and he is yet to submit anything into writing,’’ he said.
Sharma said the Labasa boss should do the honourable thing and apologise to Navua fans or end up becoming the biggest joke in local football.
“Navua won the final fair and square. My players worked hard to win and Labasa president has really been what I would say a very poor sportsman as far as accepting the loss is concerned because of the unethical and childish allegations. On paper in the final, Navua was an equally strong side but Labasa underestimated us. I’m surprised Abinesh did not say Navua also paid money to Lautoka players to win the semi-final.’’
“Labasa went really close to winning for the first time on western soil and Abinesh could not accept the fact that Navua was the better team and we won,’’ Sharma said.
The veteran administrator remains undeterred by the death threats and said Navua FA would celebrate the victory in style this weekend starting from Thursday.
“Everything is planned. We’re having a carnival in Navua and I urge the fans to come out in numbers and show their support,’’ he said.



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