Singapore

Jail for offering bribe to referee of LionsXII match

A former project manager, who offered a bribe to a football referee to fix the outcome of a Malaysian Super League match, was jailed for 30 months yesterday.

Selvarajan Letchuman (right), 52, had pleaded guilty to corruptly offering RM15,000 (S$5,000 now) to Malaysian part-time referee Shokri Nor, 50, in Penang, to ensure that Lions XII beat Sarawak FA by at least three goals in a match to be played in Singapore on May 22, 2012.

He had also admitted to scheming with former Malaysian national footballer Thanasegar S. Sinnaiah, 40, and Shokri to cheat Singapore Pools.

He had dishonestly induced Singapore Pools to deliver $10,500 and another payout of $5,000 to him for bets he placed on the day of the match.

The match ended in a 3-0 win for Lions XII.

All three men were arrested before the match kicked off.

Thanasegar is serving two years' jail. Shokri, who jumped bail in July 2012, is on the run.

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