Updated: 04/27/2013 00:46

Businessman accused of football match-fixing involving 3 Lebanese match officials faces one more charge of theft



Businessman accused of football match-fixing involving 3 Lebanese match officials faces one more charge of theft

The Singaporean businessman accused of match-fixing involving three Lebanese match officials, now faces an additional charge of theft. 

Eric Ding Si Yang, 31, was charged in early April with three counts of corruption. 

He allegedly offered prostitutes to referee Ali Sabbagh and assistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb, in return for fixing the result of the recent Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup game between Singapore's Tampines Rovers and India's East Bengal. 

Today, a fresh charge was read to Ding, who is in remand. 

He is accused of stealing a "M&A Law Corporation" receipt from an investigator at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau on 24 April this year at about 10.20am. 

Ding was asked to open a personal safe for investigation purposes. It was then that Ding allegedly hid the receipt in his socks. 

This brings the total number of charges Ding faces, to four. 

If found guilty of theft, Ding can be jailed up to seven years and fined. 

If convicted of corruption, Ding faces a maximum prison term of five years and a fine of up to S$100,000 on each count.

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