In Indonesia, basketball players fix games ‘to pay their salaries’

Eight Indonesian pro-basketball
players and a team official have been banned for life over match
fixing, the league said Thursday, reportedly to help their cash-strapped
squad pay salaries. The members of
Siliwangi Bandung, one of a dozen teams in the Indonesian Basketball
league, were given the boot this week for throwing at least four games
last season.

It is the graft-riddled
country’s first-known case of basketball fixing, although there have
been numerous instances of similar cheating in Indonesia’s most popular
sports football and badminton.
“What they did is intolerable,” Indonesia Basketball League commissioner Hasan Gozali said in a statement Thursday.
media said the players — who were not receiving their full pay —
cheated so gamblers could bet on the outcome of the games, with the team
taking a cut of the proceeds.
It is not clear how much money the scheme raised.
Danny Kosasih,
chairman of the Indonesian Basketball Federation, which has suspended
the nine for between two and five years, would not comment on why the
players cheated.
“If someone stole money because he could not buy food, would you call him innocent?” he said.
“Someone gave us recordings of conversations about the match-fixing plan. We confronted the players and they confessed,” Kosasih added.
Former team owner, Dennis Depriadi, acknowledged the team struggled financially.
“Our cash flow was in trouble because several payments [from sponsors] were not made on schedule,” he told AFP.
based in the city of Bandung southeast of Jakarta, won just four out of
14 games in their last season, making it one of the league’s
worst-performing teams.

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