Trail of bribes


Held in Kuala Lumpur, the Inter Continental Cup featured Under-23 national Olympic matches.

Wilson Raj Perumal had allegedly influenced the Togo team. He claimed he had $70,000 riding on the results of the match but things did not go as planned.

So he hatched a plan.

With under 30 minutes to the final whistle, two Togolese players were given red cards. Three more Togolese players feigned head injuries and had to be stretchered out.

Wilson Raj said: "With only six Togolese players remaining on the pitch, the referee called off the match and I got my money back."


Wilson Raj claimed he was instrumental in boosting Nigeria's foray into the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in exchange for freedom in organising warm-up matches and a cut of the funds for hosting a training camp.

He claimed he paid the Mozambique FA $100,000 to fend off Tunisia with a draw.

He said: "My plan had worked and I was the unsung hero of Nigeria's qualification to the final rounds of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. I got two teams to qualify for the World Cup but I could not tell anyone."

He claimed the other team was Honduras.


Two S.League footballers were named as conduits for Wilson Raj and his accomplice's kelong plans. They were offered between $6,000 and $7,000 each to throw a match.

The arrangement worked on up to five occasions, Wilson Raj said in his book. The perpetrators were never arrested.


Wilson Raj suggested to kelong kingpin Rajendran "Pal" Kurusamy to turn off stadium floodlights to stop matches.

Asian betting houses were still willing to pay according to the standing score before the match was stopped.

Unfortunately, in 1997, a national footballer had taken Wilson's idea and sold it to a Malaysian syndicate. He was allegedly paid $1 million.

Premier league matches - Derby v Wimbledon, West Ham v Crystal Palace and Wimbledon v Arsenal - surprisingly suffered blackouts.

Members of the Malaysian syndicate and a local British accomplice were later arrested by UK cops.