Match fixing in Asia

There is a growing problem with match fixing all over Asia that has people in the gaming community as well as professional sports increasingly concerned. Malaysia, Taipei and Singapore, as well as several other Asian countries, have all been in the news of late due to match fixing scandals that have been discovered either before or after the fact.If you can imagine the global scale of this problem when looking at the gambling sector Ė thereís online sports betting all over the Western world and now in Asia, with betting sites such as M88

For example, 14 people were recently arrested in Singapore, including a man thatís alleged to be one of the biggest ringleaders of football match fixing in Asia. His name is Dan Tan SeetEng but heís better known as Dan Tan, a Singaporean businessman and alleged criminal mastermind. European police believe that Tanís match fixing network is responsible for fixing nearly 700 matches between 2008 and 2011, from local matches to league and international matches, in various countries all over Asia.

Tan has been under investigation for some time, as pointed out by Neil Humphreys, a journalist based in Singapore who has been investigating match fixing for some time and is also the author of Match Fixer, a novel about same. "If the authorities were initially accused of being slow to react - and even then it should be pointed out that Dan Tan has been on their radar [for suspected match fixing] since the 1990s - they have certainly made up for lost time," Humphreys said.

Singapore isnít the only country where match fixing is a problem. In November 2013 police and Taipei, China confirmed that they were investigating an accusation of match fixing by a Canberra Cavalry player to fix a baseball game in the Asia Series. The player, catcher Matt Blazynski, said that he was offered US$30,000 to fix a game between his team and the Samsung Lyons.

Also, in February of this year the Football Association of Malaysia confirmed that 17 players from Kuala Lumpur FA had all been fined for match fixing and that five team officials as well as another three players were banned from the game for life for their role in the match fixing scandal.

Ironically, Kuala Lumpur was the location where 200 delegates from 43 countries met to discuss match fixing threats to football as well as how to improve not only its investigation but itís prevention as well.

Delegates from international organizations like Sportaccord, betting organizations, law enforcement, FIFPro and national football associations were all on hand to discuss the current as well as anticipated future trends in match fixing and the adverse influence that organized crime and the Asian betting market is having on football worldwide. Unfortunately, match fixing in Asia is a problem that likely wonít disappear anytime soon.

 

 

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