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Labasa appoints inquiry committee

Written By : Sun Fiji Sportsdesk. The Labasa Football Association three-member independent disciplinary committee met last night at St Marys primary school to start investigation into the match fixing allegations
11 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Sun Fiji Sportsdesk. The Labasa Football Association three-member independent disciplinary committee met last night at St Marys primary school to start investigation into the match fixing allegations at the Fiji Bitter FACT final.
The committee comprising of former players and officials is headed by Edward Nagaiya, including Mahen Maharaj and Mohammad Rafiq. Speaking to SUNsports earlier in the day, Edward said the committee planned to speak to all the Vodafone Labasa players part of the squad for the Fiji FACT tournament in Nadi.
“It’s a fact finding mission and we will not go in there with a preconceived mind. We will do the job professionally and the findings will first be submitted to Labasa FA and then also made public.”
“All the players and officials will be interviewed starting from today (last evening) and if there is any player who has a genuine reason in not making it to the meeting then we will speak to him later,” he said.
Edward said the committee was hoping to finish its work as quickly as possible.
“This type of thing can not be dragged on for too long. Already we are in the process of talking to the Hardware company where money to allegedly pay Labasa players was cashed. ”
He said three players Shamal Kumar, Pita Bolaitoga and Maciu Dunadamu specifically identified by Labasa FA boss Abinesh Kumar to have accepted bribe would not be singled out by the committee.
“Whatever the president said after the final is irrelevant to us because we are an independent team and we’ll be doing our own investigation,” Edward said.
Meanwhile there is no confirmation from the Fiji FA headquarters regarding another independent investigation launched by the parent body to look into the match fixing allegations.



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