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About the case

In April last year, a night before the three Lebanese match officials were due to officiate an Asian Football Confederation Cup match between Tampines Rovers and India's East Bengal, businessman Eric Ding Si Yang bribed them with sexual favours to fix matches in the future.

Referee Ali Sabbagh and assistant referees Abdallah Taleb and Ali Eid pleaded guilty and served their jail terms last year.

Pending his sentencing, Ding, 32, is out on $400,000 bail - up from the previous $300,000 - due to his "increased flight risk".

Two other charges - perverting the course of justice by concealing a receipt from anti-graft investigators and failing to give his laptop password to a police officer - were stood down and will be mentioned at a later date.