An unfortunate incident of match fixing took place during the ongoing Naya Nazimabad Football tournament in Karachi.
In match 12 of the event, National Shaheen and Babul Sports were up against each other in a crucial match ahead of the semi-finals.
Shaheen needed to win by a margin of three goals but their victory came through a goal scored in controversial circumstances in the dying minutes of the match. It was clear from videos shared on social media that Babul players did not defend in leadup to the sixth goal by Shaheen.
An utterly shameful incident of Match Fixing in Naya Nazimabad Football C'ship bw National Shaheen & Babul Sports.— Pakistan Football Ultras (@PakistanUltras) April 15, 2022
National Shaheen needed to win by a margin of three goals in order to qualify for the next round!
What happens next is beyond explanation ? #PakistanFootball pic.twitter.com/8zbI11zPPL
After the match, the event’s technical committee, led by Nasir Ismail, disqualified the Shaheen and instead gave a place in the semis to Burma Afridi — which was the third team in the group. The decision was taken after assessing video evidence and report from the match commissioner.
Later, Babul Sports Football Club banned the players involved in match fixing for four months while the individuals who were given benefit of doubt were fined Rs5,000.