Former Hong Kong footballer of the year will admit match-fixing

Lawyers for Lee Wai-lim – who used to play for Pegasus in the city’s Premier League – told the District Court that he intended to plead guilty to joint fraud and bribery charges linked to HK$20,000 he received in 2016.

Lee, 36, who won the coveted award in 2009, did not ask for an extension of his bail and was then escorted away by correctional services officers.

He was one of five former Pegasus players charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption last month in relation to several alleged conspiracies that they had fixed three matches while offering and accepting bribes totalling HK$60,000.

The seven charges relate to games played during the 2015/2016 reserve division season.

The court has heard that the first fraud charge centred on a period between February 24 and 29, 2016. Kwok and Cheng are accused of conspiring together, and with unknown people, to defraud Pegasus and the Hong Kong Football Association by trying to fix a reserve match between Pegasus and Yuen Long on February 24.

The ICAC previously said the HKFA and Pegasus had provided full assistance during its investigation.

 

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