Sports Ministry Secretary to be Probed over Match-fixing Scandal

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Gatot S. Dewa Broto, secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, will appear before the police. He was summoned by the Police Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim) to provide testimonies regarding the alleged practice of football match-fixing.

    Gatot said on December 26 that he would come to the police station.

    Allegations of match-fixing in football surfaced after a statement by Madura FC Manager, Januar Herwanto. Januar claimed he was offered money by the Indonesian Football Association (Exco) executive committee member, Hidayat, if his team would lose to PSS Sleman during a League 2 match.

    Following the report, Hidayat stepped down from his position in PPSI. The PPSI's Komisi Disiplin banned Hidayat from engaging in any football-related activities for three years. He was also ordered to pay a fine of Rp150mn and prohibited from entering any football stadium for two years.

    The police also plan to question PSSI secretary general Ratu Tisha Destria over allegations of match fixing on Dec. 21, 2018. Four other people are also asked to appear to the police station: Januar Herwanto; PT Liga Indonesia Baru president director Berlington Siahaan, the Indonesian Sports Professionals Agency (BOPI) chairman Richard Sambera,  and BOPI secretary general Andreas Marbun. Ratu Tisha failed to turn up.

    The Police Hearquarters' spokesman, Grid. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo, said the five people are suspected to have knowledge about the alleged football match-fixing practices.

    According to Dedi, investigators have also scheduled to question seven other people from Dec. 26 to 28.

    M ROSSENO AJI