The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has filed charges against five former players of Hong Kong Premier League club Pegasus for allegedly offering and accepting bribes of HK$60,000 to fix local football matches, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
A total of seven charges were filed against Kwok Kin-pong, 30; Michael Cheng Lai-hin, 31; Lee Wai-lim, 36; Chan Pak-hang, 24; and Lee Ka-ho, 24, in connection with at least three matches at the Reserve Division League (RDL) in the 2015-2016 season organized by the Hong Kong Football Association.
Pegasus said in a statement that it has a policy of zero tolerance to any illegal behaviors in football matches. Since the five defendants are no longer with the club, Pegasus said it will not be affected by the case.
One of the charges alleges that between Feb. 24 and 29 last year, Kwok and Cheng conspired to contrive the result of an RDL match between Pegasus and the Yuen Long Football Club on Feb. 24, 2016, which Pegasus won 10:1, Apple Daily reported.
Another charge alleges that on Feb. 29 last year, Cheng offered HK$10,000 to a Pegasus football player as a reward for contriving the result of the football match on Feb. 24, 2016.
A third charge alleges that between March 23 and 31 last year, Cheng, Lee Wai-lim, Chan and Lee Ka-ho conspired to contrive the result of another RDL match between Pegasus and Biu Chun Rangers on March 23, 2016.
A fourth charge alleges that on March 27, 2016, Chan offered HK$10,000 to a Pegasus player as a reward for match-fixing.
Two other charges allege that between March 23 and 31, 2016, Lee Wai-lim and Lee Ka-ho each accepted HK$20,000 of bribes from Cheng for the same purpose.
The last charge alleges that between April 13 and May 13 last year, Cheng, Lee Wai-lim and Chan conspired to fix another RDL match between Pegasus and Big Chun Rangers on April 13, 2016 with a Big Chun Rangers player.
The five defendants have been released on bail and are set to appear in the West Kowloon Magistracy on Friday.
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