Zulfadli maintains innocence after match-fixing verdict

By Seng Foo 4 May 2018 1229
Zulfadli maintains innocence after match-fixing verdict
Zulfadli Zulkiffli reiterated his innocence after being found guilty of match-fixing by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

The 25-year-old and another Malaysian shuttler, Tan Chun Seang, were handed lengthy bans of 20 and 15 years respectively from all badminton activities.

Their WhatsApp conversations were used as evidence against them, but Zulfadli insisted that their exchanges were taken out of context during a press conference on Friday.

"The BWF did not release our WhatsApp conversations in full and misinterpreted several quotes as match-fixing," he said during the press conference.

"My discussions with Chung Seang were mostly about sponsorships because we were independent players and we needed sponsorships to play tournaments outside the country.

"Besides sponsorships, we also talked about gambling in casinos because Chun Seang went there sometimes and I asked him to help me place bets.

"I believe all badminton players go to casinos for fun when they are overseas, but we are not gambling addicts and were just trying our luck."

He also asked for help from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports to pay the fine and appeal to the world body.

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