Hostesses in match-fixing case said Lebanese football officials did not pay for sex

Hostesses Lisa (left) and Chanel, who had entertained the linesmen involved in a football match-fixing case, testified on Thursday, July 18, 2013, that the men did not pay them for the sexual services. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Hostesses Lisa (left) and Chanel, who had entertained the linesmen involved in a football match-fixing case, testified on Thursday, July 18, 2013, that the men did not pay them for the sexual services. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

The two hostesses, who had "entertained" the linesmen involved in a football match-fixing case, testified on Thursday that the men did not pay them for the sexual services.

The two women - whose working names are Lisa and Chanel - were giving evidence on the fourth day of the trial of Eric Ding Si Yang. The 31-year-old businessman is accused of bribing three Lebanese soccer officials by arranging for them to receive free sexual favours. The Singaporean is alleged to have arranged the free sexual favours for the officials just hours before they were due to officiate an Asian Football Confederation Cup match between Singapore's Tampines Rovers and India's East Bengal.

Lisa, 28, and Chanel, 32, said that a mamasan called Christine drove them, and another hostess by the name of Ann, to Amara Hotel in Tanjong Pagar. She had also handed them condoms and told them twice not to seek payment from the guests.

The three women had initially thought they would be going out to party with the men until they landed in the hotel rooms and had to provide the men with sexual services. They were detained by the authorities while leaving the hotel. Upon their release, they learnt that the person who booked them had not paid up and Christine forked out $450 of her own money to pay each of them. The trio also said that they did not know Ding or who had booked them.

Sabbagh had testified earlier that he had asked Ding for "girls" and the hostesses had appeared at the hotel.

Ding's trial will resume on Aug 27.

Referee Ali Sabbagh, 34 is presently serving a six month jail term for accepting sexual favours to fix a match. Linesman Abdallah Taleb, 37 and Ali Eid, 33, were both given three-month prison terms, which they have now served.