No bail for Lebanese trio charged with accepting sex to fix a football match

Bail was not offered to the three Lebanese men - referee Ali Sabbagh, 33, and assistant referees Ali Eid, 33, and Abdallah Taleb, 37 - charged with accepting sex from three women to fix the results of an Asian Football Confederation Cup game played on April 3.

District Judge Kamala Ponnampalam agreed with the prosecution that the trio were a flight risk as they were foreigners who came here for a short stay to officiate a match.

The judge also noted that there have been several accused persons in recent match-fixing cases who have absconded.

The court was told that the trio were claiming trial and a pre-trial conference (PTC) will be on April 18. This will also be the date for the PTC for Singaporean Eric Ding Si Yang, 31, who was released on $150,000 bail on Tuesday. He has been charged for offering the sexual bribes to the Lebanese match officials.