A suspected match-fixer has been arrested in Milan after Singapore’s police tipped off Interpol. This man is allegedly an associate of Dan Tan, who has been accused of being at the center of a global match-fixing scandal involving hundreds of football matches around the world and billions of dollars in profit, bets and bribes.
Attention has recently been turned on to Singapore as Europol and Interpol announced that over 600 matches had been identified as suspicious, with links to Singapore-based networks. The probe was described by Rob Wainwright, chief of Europol, as “the biggest investigation ever into match-fixing.”
According to BBC News, Dan Tan is now in police custody, and is “currently assisting Singaporean authorities with their investigation.” This will go a long way in mitigating the damage that has been done to Singapore’s carefully cultivated ‘clean’ image, as Tan has been identified and wanted by authorities in several countries ever since convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal described him as being the financier of a match-fixing ring.
The police had been previously criticised for not having taken action earlier, but had cited a lack of hard evidence as the reason for not being able to arrest Tan. It would appear that this has now changed, allowing Singaporean authorities to further the investigations done by Europol and Interpol.
“We would like to reiterate that Singapore is committed to eradicating match-fixing as a transnational crime and protect the integrity of the sport, and will pursue such cases vigorously with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice,” Singaporean police spokesperson Tan Giap Ti told the BBC.