Five former players of a Hong Kong soccer club were charged by the ICAC on Wednesday with offering and accepting bribes totalling HK$60,000 while trying to fix three reserve league matches.
They included Lee Wai-lim, 36, winner of the Footballer of the Year award in 2009 when he played for Tai Po. All of them played for Premier League side Pegasus. They face a total of seven charges.
The charges relate to the 2015/2016 season when nine teams, including Pegasus, competed in the Hong Kong Premier League. Each side was also required to maintain a team in the Reserve Division League and that’s where they contrived the results of the matches.
The HKFA and Pegasus said they had given their full assistance to graft-busters during the investigation. The defendants were released on ICAC bail pending their court appearance on June 30.