Singaporean Tamil behind football's fixing disclosure
Wilson Raj Perumal, 47, was the front man for a Chinese criminal syndicate run from Singapore, and had fixed hundreds of matches across five continents, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in gambling winnings for Asian and European syndicates. He was arrested in Finland in February 2011, and had decided to switch sides in exchange for protective custody.
The ugliest ever match-fixing scandal in the Beautiful Game involved World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, and a Champions League game played in England, police said.
On Tuesday, the football association of Singapore said it was continuing “to work closely with the relevant authorities, both at the domestic and international levels” in the probe. The Singaporean police said they were “assisting the European authorities in their investigations into an international match-fixing syndicate that purportedly involves Singaporeans”.
Media reports from Singapore profile Perumal, who was fluent in English and had a Singaporean passport, as a petty criminal involved in several cases of housebreaking, theft, forgery and cheating, and whose initial attempts at match-fixing had been both ineffective and crude.
He was jailed in 1995 after being convicted of paying a football captain $ 3,000 to throw a game, and was again convicted five years later for attacking a player