Football: Singaporean match-fixer who blew millions has 'no regrets'

Notorious Singaporean football match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal has said he has "no regrets" despite gambling away the millions he earned through rigging nearly 100 games worldwide over two decades. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Notorious Singaporean football match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal has said he has "no regrets" despite gambling away the millions he earned through rigging nearly 100 games worldwide over two decades. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE (AFP) - Notorious Singaporean football match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal has said he has "no regrets" despite gambling away the millions he earned through rigging nearly 100 games worldwide over two decades.

In a wide-ranging interview with CNN, Wilson Raj said he earned "five to six million dollars" from influencing "80-100" matches in his two-decade fixing career. But the 49-year-old said he had squandered away all his illicit earnings because of a gambling habit.

"I have no regrets. It was like, it was a phase of my life and I enjoyed it and I travelled around the world. I had a good time," Wilson Raj said in the interview, published late Wednesday on the CNN website.

Wilson Raj, who claims he influenced top-tier games including those at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the Atlanta Olympics in 1994, said there was little guilt involved in being a match-fixer.

"It (football) is no longer a sport. It is more like a business now. We are just trying to make money out of this business," he said.

Wilson Raj is currently in Hungary, where he is under police protection and assisting match-fixing investigators. He was arrested in Finland in 2011 and served one year of a two-year sentence for fixing top-tier games there.