Chinese Taipei authorities have opened disciplinary proceedings against the country’s football association (CTFA) after president Lin Cheng-Yi was accused of match fixing in the first round of 2018 World Cup.
According to Xinhua, Lin has been accused of influencing squad decisions before a 1-0 loss to Brunei in the first leg of qualifiers at Kaohsiung National Stadium, subsequently winning over $1 million from wagers placed against Chinese Taipei.
It was reported that Lin instructed head coach Chen Kuei-Jen to leave out one of his top players, Turkish-born Chu En-le. Should he be convicted, the CTFA president could be jailed for up to seven years and fined up to $1.2 million.
“There is no basis to the accusation,” Chen said according to Taipei Times. “If the judiciary wants to investigate, we will fully cooperate. We can come forward to talk forthrightly and answer questions by investigators, because I know the coaches and players are clean.”
“I told my players to focus on our next match and not to be affected by this matter. We must not get knocked down by this, and hold on with determination in fighting for victory all the way to the end.”
The Asian Football Confederation announced that they are monitoring the situation and declined to comment further.
Chinese Taipei are scheduled to hold a training camp in Japan before hosting their joint qualifying opener against Indonesia on June 11.