Arrest 'spells end of match-fixing ring'
Alleged leader's group said to have influence in most European leagues
The "death knell" is sounding for a Singapore-linked match-fixing syndicate after the arrest of its suspected mastermind, said a former head of Fifa security yesterday.
Businessman Dan Tan Seet Eng's alleged ring is said to have rigged over 150 matches in countries including Italy, Hungary, Finland and Nigeria. The 48-year-old and 13 other Singaporeans were arrested on Tuesday.
Former Interpol officer Chris Eaton, who headed the international football authority's security arm, said this is a "major" and "eclectic" group, with hands in nearly every European league.
Tan, who is wanted in Italy and Hungary, was nabbed together with 11 men and two women in the islandwide crackdown, led by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), with police support. Mr Eaton said: "I believe it's the death knell to this particular group."