Majola mystified by murder allegations

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2001, 23:33 [IST]
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Johannesburg: United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) CEO Gerald Majola has said he is "mystified" by allegations of murder related to match-fixing in South Africa. The International Cricket Council (ICC) report into match-fixing, compiled by its anti-corruption unit (ACU) headed by Paul Condon, referred to allegations of a Pakistani national being murdered in South Africa in a match-fixing deal gone wrong. No details were provided of who this person was or who was responsible for the murder. "This is definitely news to me," Majola told the daily 'SportsDay'. "As you well know, I have been in this job for only four months, but I have been involved with the UCBSA for four years, and this is the first mention I have heard of something like murder. I think I should leave this to the police as a matter for them to comment on." But South African Police Services sources said they had no comment to make on the issue, although they confirmed that queries had been received about the matter. ICC spokesman Mark Harrison also confirmed the contact with the South African authorities, but said that because of the confidentiality of information, he could not say who had been spoken to or what the source of the allegation was. He did, however, say that the allegation involved a Pakistani professional bookmaker who had been murdered in "a contract killing in South Africa resulting from differences between rival match-fixers from other countries".

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