The All India Football Federation, (AIFF) has made the decision to set up an anti-corruption unit in order to prevent game and spot fixing. This move has come after there have been some reports that a Malaysian gambling syndicate had approached the I-League Mumbai FC. With the match fixing scandals that have rocked India with regards to the Indian Premier League’s Twenty 20 cricket spot fixing, the All India Football Federation is looking to prevent any future corruption in Indian sports.
The specific incident that has caused concern was spoken about by a Mumbai FC official, Atul Bagdamia, at an Integrity in Sport workshop that took place in New Delhi, and had been organized by Interpol and FIFA. Bagdamia had explained that his team had been approached in order to play in friendly matches in Malaysia. He had not reported the incident to the All India Football Federation because the matter was over. While no damage was done at this time, the incident was concerning according to Subrata Dutta, the vice president of the All India Football Federation.
Subrata Dutta had the following to say regarding this issue: “I have proposed the AIFF should have an anti-corruption unit headed by an integrity officer. The executive committee will discuss and decide on it. All clubs have been told to recognize, resist and report such approaches.”
Even if the approach may seem somewhat innocent, it should be reported to the integrity officer who will be in a position to be contacted when there are concerns of match fixing.
In India, there is some legal gambling, but for the most part, gambling is not legal, and public bookmaking is illegal. The only legal sports betting in India is on horse racing. It is well known, however, that there is a large industry built around illegal betting in India.