No Indian player involved in match-fixing, says coach

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Hockey coach A.K. Bansal says India's players are in no way being implicated in the match fixing scandal that has hit Malaysia.

Updated: July 02, 2008 17:29 IST
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New Delhi:

Indian hockey players are in no way involved in the alleged match-fixing scandal during the recent Sultan Azlan Shah tournament, according to coach A K Bansal who said it was unfair to drag his players into the controversy.

Bansal said his team had won the match against Malaysia "fair and square" and claimed that the home team players, allegedly involved in fixing the match, had not named any Indian player.

"Malaysian Hockey Federation, the players involved and people are not accusing India. They believe that if something wrong has happened, then their own players are to blamed. They have given a clean chit to the Indian team," Bansal told PTI from Hyderabad where is preparing the team for the Junior Asia Cup.

"If somebody has to investigate the allegations, I would advise him to see the entire footage of the match then only to proceed.

"As a coach, I was involved in the match and as far as I have seen, all the players of both the teams gave their best," he added.

The controversy erupted after a Malaysian tabloid reported that upto six Malaysian players had betted online about the outcome of their match against India, which they lost 1-2 on May 17.

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