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S'poreans and the global kelong game

Wilson Raj Perumal and a number of other S'poreans are reportedly involved in match-fixing all over the world

SYRIA 2009

Two Singaporeans fail to bribe local football club players with US$50,000 (S$62,500). They are arrested and deported.

ZIMBABWE 2009

A number of Zimbabwe national team players admit to taking bribes to lose matches on Asian tours. Wilson Raj Perumal is alleged to have manipulated those matches.

PANAMA 2009, 2010

A former S-League player, *Jamal, is named by El Salvadoran newspaper El Grafico as the one offering bribes to Deportivo Arabe Unido during the Concacaf Champions League in Panama City.

BOLIVIA 2010

According to Wilson Raj, his alleged protoge-turned-rival *Peter is sent to Bolivia to strike a deal with the football association there.

SOUTH AFRICA JUNE 2010

The South African Football Association reported in December 2012 that its pre-2010 World Cup friendly matches were infiltrated by Wilson Raj and his bogus company, Football Four U.

BAHRAIN SEPTEMBER 2010

A fake Togo side plays against Bahrain. A spokesman for Bahrain Football Association tells The New Paper that Football Four U had organised the friendly.

EL SALVADOR OCTOBER 2010

The El Salvadoran Football Federation confirmed in 2011 that it signed a contract with Exclusive Sports, a Singapore-based company that allegedly organised a dodgy match between Costa Rica and El Salvador in October 2010.

TURKEY FEBRUARY 2011

In Antayla, Footy Media, a company represented by *Peter, organises international friendlies played on Feb 9, where all seven goals scored were from penalties.

EGYPT MARCH 2011

Using an Egyptian events company, Singaporean match-fixers allegedly organise seemingly legitimate friendlies in the Middle East.

US JUNE 2011

German magazine Der Spiegel alleges that three Concacaf Gold Cup matches in 2011 were rigged and quotes an unnamed source as saying that "everything leads to Singapore".

FINLAND MAY 2011

Wilson Raj Perumal is charged with bribing players from several clubs in the Finnish League.

MALAYSIA JUNE 2011

Singaporean businessman Rajendran "Pal" Kurusamy is hauled to court in Malaysia for bribes of more than RM24,000 (S$9,300) to fix two matches in the 2010 President's Cup Tournament.

HONDURAS OCTOBER 2011

A Malaysian with close ties to Wilson Raj is arrested and later released by Honduran police. The man was in Finland with Raj just days before the latter was arrested.

HUNGARY NOVEMBER 2011

Hungarian authorities arrest several people linked to Wilson Raj for match rigging.

ITALY DECEMBER 2011

Italian authorities issue an arrest warrant for Singaporean Dan Tan Seet Eng for allegedly fixing Italian league matches.

EUROPE-WIDE FEBRUARY 2013

Europol uncovers 680 fixed matches in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. It says that 300 of these matches have links to Singapore syndicates.

*Not their real names

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