CPIB arrests Singaporean, several others suspected of football match fixing ahead of SEA Games

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has arrested a Singaporean suspected of football match fixing, and several others of different nationalities. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has arrested a Singaporean suspected of football match fixing, and several others of different nationalities. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

SINGAPORE - The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has arrested a Singaporean suspected of football match fixing, and several others of different nationalities.

Some members from the Timor Leste SEA Games football team are also assisting the CPIB in its investigations.

Acting on information received, the CPIB mounted an operation that spanned from the late hours of May 28 to the early hours of May 29 that resulted in the arrests.

Investigations are still ongoing against the arrested persons for offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 241).

The CPIB said it has been "proactively monitoring" football match-fixing activities in Singapore, particularly with the kick-off of the SEA Games football tournament scheduled to commence on Friday.

The South East Asian Games Federation and the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee said that the SEA Games football matches will continue as planned. They also approved Timor Leste's participation after consulting the Asian Football Confederation and the Football Association of Singapore.

Timor Leste, who are in Group B, kick-off their campaign against Malaysia on May 30 at Bishan Stadium.