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Kuala Lumpur: Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President, today congratulated the Football Association of Thailand on its tough stance against match-manipulation in the country.

Hours after Shaikh Salman launched the AFC’s latest weapon in the battle against match-fixing – the AFC Integrity App developed with partners Sportradar – he commended FA Thailand on its “determination to target and punish any element that attempts to tarnish the image of our game.”

FA Thailand, in conjunction with the Royal Thai Police, has promised tough action against those who were involved in allegedly fixing the outcome of domestic matches in Thailand.

In his letter to Police General Somyot Poompunmuang the President of FA Thailand Police, the AFC President added: “FA Thailand, with its recent actions, has sent a strong signal to all criminal elements that their actions will be contested with full force.

“I congratulate FA Thailand for taking a firm stand against the menace of match-fixing and am more confident than ever before, that our dedicated and joint efforts together with the law enforcement agencies can bring this scourge to an end.”

The AFC has a zero-tolerance approach against those who attempt to manipulate matches in Asia and supports the strongest possible retribution against those who have been found guilty.

The AFC President added: “I assure FA Thailand of the AFC’s full support in the fight to protect the integrity of football.”