AFC: Asian Cup was free from match-fixing
March 30th, 2015

Published — Tuesday 17 February 2015

SINGAPORE: The Asian Football Confederation gave itself a proud pat on the back on Tuesday after declaring that January’s Asian Cup in Australia was free of match-fixing.
“It is extremely encouraging to see that the detailed integrity planning and collaboration for our premier tournament, the AFC Asian Cup, was a success,” AFC general-secretary Alex Soosay said in a statement.
“This would not have been possible without the support and focused efforts of each stakeholder and in particular Australian law enforcement and Sportradar, who worked hand-in-hand with AFC’s Integrity Unit throughout the tournament.
“The effective implementation of this action plan could be a blueprint for other Asian sporting events and sports governing bodies,” the Malaysian added.
A large bulk of the 47 members in the AFC have been hit with match-fixing scandals in recent years, with fixers targeting low-paid players in various leagues such as Australia, Lebanon, South Korea, China, Vietnam and Singapore.
The AFC has employed Swiss-based Sportradar, a supplier of sports and betting-related data services, to help tackle the problem, which has hit the sport’s credibility in the region, with seemingly solid results.
The AFC has encouraged their members to do the same, but not all have signed up with the Malaysian Football Association, another to be hit by match-fixing issues, querying the cost.

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Singapore Soccer-Fixer’s Jail Term Raised as Warning, Judge Says
February 1st, 2015

By Andrea Tan here

(Bloomberg) — Singaporean soccer-fixer Eric Ding Si Yang’s three-year jail term was raised to five years as a warning of the heavy penalty of sports-rigging in the city, a judge said.
“A robust sentence is needed to check the rise of the scourge of match-fixing and to repair the reputational damage that has been caused to Singapore,” High Court Justice Chan Seng Onn said today, dismissing Ding’s appeal to reduce his prison term. “Current and future potential match-fixers are now forewarned.”
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Detention orders extended for 4 Singaporean match-fixing suspects
November 9th, 2014

From here

The four, who have been held without charge for the past year, will have their detention extended, said the Ministry of Home Affairs.

SINGAPORE: Four people accused of being involved in a global football match-fixing syndicate have had their detention extended, said the Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 8).

The four Singaporeans, along with 10 others, were detained last year for trying to rig football matches. The four have been detained without charge for the past year, after the detention order was issued on Oct 2, 2013.

One of the four is understood to be Dan Tan, also known as Tan Seet Eng, a Singaporean businessman suspected of being the head of a global football match-fixing syndicate. He had earlier filed a legal challenge against his detention without trial, and is currently being held under a special law that allows for indefinite detention. Singapore authorities invoked the special law due to the difficulty of finding evidence against Tan.

As provided for under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, Detention Orders are for a duration of up to 12 months and every case is reviewed annually by an independent Advisory Committee, said the MHA.

The Committee will submit its recommendation to the President who will act on the advice of Cabinet in deciding whether to extend or vary the Order, and each extension is for a duration of up to 12 months, MHA added.

The arrest of the four suspects had “effectively dismantled” the match-fixing syndicate, said Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, while reiterating Singapore’s continued efforts to stamp out match-fixing.

“Singapore will do our part to support global effort to stamp out crime and preserve the integrity of sports,” said Mr Masagos. “We will maintain our zero tolerance approach towards corruption and in this context for match-fixing. Offenders have and will continue to be dealt with firmly and resolutely under our laws.”

He made these comments while attending the Securing Sport Conference 2014 in London. Organised by the International Centre for Sport Security, the conference “brings together senior officials, Ministers and decision makers who have a stake to eradicate corruption and fraud from sports”, said Mr Masagos.

Last year, European police said a Singapore-based syndicate had made €8 million (S$12.9 million) from rigging at least 380 football games in Europe alone. In an interview with CNN in August, Wilson Raj Perumal – a former associate of Tan – claimed he made around S$6.2 million in match-fixing.

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Match-fixer: Gave orders from team bench
September 16th, 2014

Published on Aug 26, 2014
CNN’s Don Riddell spoke exclusively to former football match fixer Wilson Raj Perumal about his time as a “Kelong King.”

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Referee! How Wilson Raj Perumal made football pay the penalty
September 10th, 2014

By Don Riddell and Matthew Knight, CNN
August 28, 2014

(CNN) — Who’d be a referee? When the crowd aren’t getting on your back you’ve got the players acting up or giving you an earful.

So if someone described your refereeing as “the best,” you could be forgiven for feeling a small surge of pride. But when the person praising you has been called the world’s most notorious match fixer, then it’s time to show yourself a red card.
Wilson Raj Perumal says he corrupted many football players and officials during a long criminal career, but there is one person who stands out from the crowd. His name was Ibrahim Chaibou, a referee from Niger.
“He was the best, he was the best, but not from FIFA’s point of view,” Perumal told CNN during a wide-ranging television interview about his match-fixing days.
Perfect partner
The Singaporean, who is now helping European police with match-fixing investigations, claims to have rigged the results of up to 100 matches over a 20-year period, boasting of a 70-80% success rate.


Chaibou, who he describes as “very bold,” became one of his favourite match officials.
According to Perumal, the referee’s first match fix was an international friendly between South Africa and Guatemala in May 2010 — one of several warm-up matches played ahead of the 2010 World Cup which the Rainbow Nation hosted.
Watching highlights of the game on YouTube, Perumal gives a running commentary on the major incidents.
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