ICAC Investigation

2014-01-08




A number of the Directors of the HKFA have met this afternoon (Wednesday) together with Senior Members of the Management Team to discuss the ICAC investigation and the implications for forthcoming football matches.

The unanimous conclusions of the meeting are as follows:
1.    The HKFA 1st Division matches involving Tuen Mun will be postponed with immediate effect for one month pending the result of a hearing to be scheduled as soon as possible and hopefully approximately 1 week to 10 days from now.  The Club will be asked to convince a specially convened Ad hoc Committee that they are viable (operationally and financially) to continue in the HK 1st Division League for the remainder of this season. NB. The Club has today de-registered 11 players and written to the HKFA stating that they have financial difficulties that might preclude them fulfilling their obligations for the remainder of the current season. The HKFA has a duty to maintain the integrity of the competition and these are material considerations in that regard.
 
2.    The HKFA 1st Division matches involving Happy Valley will be postponed with immediate effect for one month pending the result of a hearing to be scheduled approximately 1 week to 10 days from now.  The Club will be asked to convince a specially convened Ad hoc Committee that they are viable (operationally and financially) to continue in the HK 1st Division League for the remainder of this season. NB. The HKFA has a duty to maintain the integrity of the competition and has sufficient concerns about the governance, management and finances of the Club to temporarily postpone matches involving this club.
 
3.    The Ad hoc Committee will Chaired by HKFA Independent Director Mr Stephen Yau and will comprise, Mr Brian Leung, HKFA Chairman, Mr Junius Ho, HKFA Independent Director, Mr Sam Kwok-ting Hui, retired Assistant Director of ICAC together with Secretariat Officials, Mr Mark Sutcliffe, CEO and Mr Vincent Yuen, General Secretary. The Ad hoc Committee may at its discretion co-opt Technical Advisers. It is important to note that this Committee is not duplicating the ICAC investigation into match-fixing.
 
4.    A request will be issued to the now de-registered Li Ming of Tuen Mun Sports Association, to all his known addresses and through Tuen Mun Sports Association and the CFA, to contact the HKFA within seven working days.  The HKFA will also request the CFA to locate Li.  If he contacts the HKFA within seven working days agreeing to attend a specially convened Ad hoc Committee hearing shortly after, decisions and appropriate actions will be taken afterwards.  If he does not contact the HKFA within seven working days, a hearing will be conducted on the suspicion of match-fixing in absentia and the result will be referred to the CFA, AFC and FIFA for further action.
 
The above decisions were taken by non-conflicted HKFA Directors.
The HKFA confirms that it will do whatever is necessary to uphold the integrity of football in Hong Kong. It is taking this action expeditiously because it believes that postponing the matches is the most appropriate action, given the extraordinary nature of the circumstances.  It is important to note that this postponement does not constitute a punishment at this time and it does not imply any guilt. The Ad hoc Committee will request meetings with the two Clubs as soon as possible and will make a further announcement on the outcome including any sanctions that will be referred to the HKFA Disciplinary Committee.

The matches concerned are as follows:
Date & Time Matches Venue League
2014/01/11 2:30pm Happy Valley vs Yokohama FC (HK) Tai Po Sports Ground HK 1st  Division League (Week 5)
2014/01/11 2:30pm Royal Southern vs Tuen Mun Aberdeen Sports Ground HK 1st  Division League (Week 5)
2014/01/25 2:30pm BC Rangers vs Happy Valley Sham Shui Po Sports Ground HK 1st Division League (Week 11)
2014/01/26 5:30pm Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei vs Tuen Mun Tsing Yi Sports Ground HK 1st Division League (Week 11)