The life story of Socceroo Abbas Saad and how he was banned for match fixing is the subject of a new documentary.
Forty eight-year old Saad played in the NSL in the 1980s and 1990s for the likes of Sydney Olympic, Sydney United and Northern Spirit.
The attacking midfielder, who won four caps for Australia, was awarded the Joe Marston Medal in 1990 in Olympic’s 2-0 grand win over Marconi.
Saad later starred in south-east Asia for Singapore and Johor, becoming a household name, and was charged and received a global playing ban for match fixing from FIFA in 1995.
He always maintained his innocence and his FIFA suspension was lifted after one year.
Turning Point of the Game – The Abbas Saad Story tells the Socceroo’s story from the eyes of Dane Sharp, a former NSL footballer with Adelaide City and Newcastle.
Saad was born in Lebanon and fled the conflict there to Australia with his family.
The film follows his journey and the fixing scandal that impacted his career and life, and continues to this day.
“I don’t want my name to be tainted with match fixing,” Saad told FourFourTwo.
“I played almost 20 years of professional football and given my all. Everybody’s who played with me or against me knows the kind of character I am, the kind of person I am.
“To have that tainted my career, and I had a pretty decent career. I don’t want people to remember for me for this. I want people to remember me for the football feats on the pitch.
“My teammates, they know that. Even the fans, they’ve been superb.”
Saad is now a TV pundit in Malaysia and hopes the documentary will help to continue to clear his name.
You can watch the documentary on YouTube below.1 comment