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Singaporean guilty of bribing football officials

Businessman provided prostitutes to three Lebanese referees to get them to fix games

Published on Jul 2, 2014 8:58 AM
Eric Ding Si Yang has alleged ties to an international match-fixing ring. Yesterday's verdict comes after a protracted trial. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A Singaporean businessman with alleged ties to an international match-fixing ring was yesterday found guilty of providing three Lebanese football officials with prostitutes as bribes for fixing future matches.

In convicting Eric Ding Si Yang, 32, of three counts of corruption, each carrying a maximum of five years' jail and a $100,000 fine, the judge also found him to be involved in match-fixing.

The verdict follows a protracted trial in which defence lawyers argued that Ding was not a match-fixer, but an entrepreneur running a company involved in organising international friendly football matches.

They argued he was also a freelance journalist cultivating a source for a book about match-fixing, a theory which the judge found "far-fetched".

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