Singapore global match-fixing ring operating to rig World Cup
SINGAPORE: Singapore authorities last year placed leaders of a global match-fixing ring operating from the city-state in indefinite detention after uncovering plans to rig the World Cup, claims a new book released Monday.
Written by Zaihan Mohamed Yusof, a Singaporean investigative journalist who has reported extensively on football match-fixing, the book details how he learnt of the now-crippled gang’s plans from senior government officials and a prominent sports corruption investigator.
“The syndicate had been posturing, setting up a base of corrupt football players and officials through matches played overseas in national leagues and international friendlies,” Zaihan quoted one senior unnamed Singapore government official as saying in “Foul! The Inside Story of Singapore Match Fixers”.
“When the 2014 World Cup comes, all they will be doing is collecting (their betting earnings),” the official said of the tournament, which kicked off in Brazil last week.
“Something had to be done to stop them… We couldn’t take the chance,” another official was quoted as saying by Zaihan, a journalist with Singapore’s The New Paper.
Zaihan also quoted Michael Pride, head of operations at Australia-based match-fixing investigators SI Sports Intelligence as saying “this syndicate allegedly sets up fixes six months ahead of major matches.