John Mikel Obi’s club, Tianjin Teda are under
scrutiny for match fixing following the relegation-threatened club’s unprecedented 4-1 mauling of their neighbours, Tianjin Quanjian in the Tianjin derby last week Saturday, NaijafootballPlus.com reports.
The CFA made this known in a statement released on WEIBO (a chinese equivalent of Twitter): “The Chinese Football Association has launched an investigation into the CSL game between Tianjin Teda and Tianjin Quanjian,” the statement read.
“A probe panel consisting of CFA’s competition and legal departments,
Committee for Ethics and Fair Play and a
Disciplinary Commission will collect all available facts and evidence related to this game”
Two goals from Ghanaian, Frank Achaempong, within the first two minutes
of the game was among the goals that helped Teda leapfrog away from the
relegation zone and onto the investigating microscope of the CFA.
The win was Teda’s first in almost four months and the lopsidedness of the result with just 5 CSL games till the end of the season made it a suspicious victory.
The statement further noted that if investigations proved positive, punishments shall be metted on the culprits according to the rule of the game.
“Any violations of fair play would be severely dealt with according to the extant laws.” the statement read.
Super Eagles’ captain, Mikel played 90 minutes in this one-sided Tianjin Derby.