BANDUNG, NNC - Persib Bandung Manager Umuh Muchtar denied that his players received bribes so they could play down during the match against PSMS Medan some time ago.
Based on circulating information, several Persib players were accused of receiving a sum of money so that they would lose.
"Hariono cried, ‘I am accused of accepting money in order to lose’ he said. That is very crazy, I do not believe at all. For God's sake I (management) did not spend money like that," said Umuh Muchtar at Husein Sastranegara Airport, Bandung, Monday (11/19/2018).
Umuh admitted, allegations of setting scores were addressed to Persib's management. Management was said to give players money to play half-heartedly and lose. According to him, accusation of score setting is very unreasonable, moreover every time Persib compete, the management always gives bonuses of up to hundreds of millions of rupiah to the players.
This accusation has affected the players psychologically. To Umuh, Hariono, Supardi and Ardi Idrus expressed disappointment over the slander.
"I have spoken directly to Supardi, Ardi, he cried like a child. It hurts so much he said. That's not true," he said.
A similar thing was expressed by coach Mario Gomez. The Argentine coach denied that there had been a score setting at Maung Bandung.
The inclusion of Supardi and Ardi Idrus in the last match against PSIS was not a matter of an issue of fixing the score, but rather the strategy needed by Persib.
"Nothing. They (Supardi and Ardi) are human, sometimes they play well and play badly, that's all," he said, as quoted by Antara.