Alleged match-fixer Dan Tan released: How the world's media covered it

The release of alleged match-fixer Dan Tan (centre) has made headlines beyond Singapore's shores.
The release of alleged match-fixer Dan Tan (centre) has made headlines beyond Singapore's shores. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - The release of alleged global match-fixing kingpin Dan Tan Seet Eng has made headlines beyond Singapore's shores.

Named by Interpol as "the leader of the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate", Tan was freed on Wednesday (Nov 25) by the Court of Appeal, which ruled that his detention was unlawful.

The New York Times reported that "the court found that the allegations did not meet the standard of the detention law" in a report titled "Singapore Court Orders Release of Man Accused of Fixing Soccer Matches".

It added that although an Italian prosecutor expects Tan to eventually face trial in the country and Hungarian prosecutors have indicted Tan, it was unclear if Tan would ever be extradited to either of the countries.


The BBC's report, "'Football match-fixer' Dan Tan freed by Singapore court", stated that Tan has been "implicated by Interpol in fixing hundreds of sports events, mostly football matches".

Elsewhere, wire reports were carried widely by other news outlets.

An Associated Press report, published by The Guardian, among others, mentioned that Tan's arrest in 2013 had been hailed by Interpol as a major breakthrough in the fight against football corruption.

It added that Tan is "very relieved" by the judgment, according to one of his lawyers, Mr Hamidul Haq.

The Times of India carried an Agence France-Presse article, which said that Tan was released after the Court of Appeal ruled that "he posed no danger to public safety and order".

Reuters, in its report, said that the decision to release Tan was criticised by International Centre for Sports Security executive director Chris Eaton.

The former Fifa head of security said: "If your economy and reputation are internationalised, you surely have a duty of care to that global market place, not just your own borders."