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Updated: 02/05/2013 06:08 | By Channel NewsAsia

Europe match—fixing probe reveals link to S’pore—based criminal network

Europe match—fixing probe reveals link to S’pore—based criminal network


Europe match—fixing probe reveals link to S’pore—based criminal network

SINGAPORE: European police have found evidence that a Singapore—based criminal network is involved in fixing about 380 football matches across Europe.

Robert Wainwright, director of Europol said: "Among the 380 or so suspicious matches identified in this case are qualification matches for the World Cup and European football championships, two UEFA Champions League matches, including one played in England, and several top—flight matches in European national leagues."

The five—country probe uncovered about US$10.9 million in betting profits and at least US$2.7 million were given to players and officials as bribes.

The Europol chief said a Singapore—based crime group spent up to US$137,000 per match in bribes.

At least 425 referees, players, criminals and other officials are suspected of being involved.

A further 300 suspicious matches were identified in Africa, Asia, South and Central America.

Previously, Singapore businessman Wilson Raj Perumal was suspected of rigging games in several countries and was jailed in Finland in 2011.

— CNA/xq

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