Singapore Aids European Soccer-Fixing Probe

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SINGAPORE—Singapore police said Tuesday that they are helping European
authorities investigate an international criminal syndicate alleged to
have fixed soccer matches around the world from its base in the
city-state.


A European law-enforcement agency Monday said it suspects over 680
soccer matches played around the world have been fixed by criminal
networks. Dow Jones's Simon Zekaria reports. Photo: Getty.

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Their efforts come as Europol, a coordinating group for European
police forces, uncovered evidence that 680 soccer matches played
around the world—including in some of the sport's biggest
tournaments—may have been fixed by criminal networks, many allegedly
organized through a Singapore-based organization.

Europol's findings, released Monday, point to some 425 people
allegedly involved across 15 countries.

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The UEFA Champions League trophy.

The agency didn't name any individuals, clubs or national associations.

A Europol official familiar with the probe said a Singaporean man, Dan
Tan Seet Eng, is a person under investigation in the case.

Mr. Tan, who is in his late 40s, is thought to be the leader and
financier of the syndicate, and has been on investigators' radar for
years, said Chris Eaton, former head of security at FIFA, soccer's
global administrator.

"We're talking about a very loose, entrepreneurial-type of criminal
organization—it counts in the tens of people operating globally," said
Mr. Eaton, an ex-Interpol investigator who headed a FIFA probe into
the syndicate Mr. Tan allegedly leads.

Mr. Tan is also wanted by Italian authorities for suspected
match-fixing offenses, said Cremona public prosecutor Roberto di
Martino, who in 2011 issued an arrest warrant for the Singaporean man.

Mr. Tan's last known phone numbers were disconnected and he couldn't
reached to comment.

In a 2011 interview with Singapore's The New Paper, Mr. Tan denied any
involvement in match-fixing, having been accused by a German magazine
that year of being a match-fixing financier.

Singapore police didn't respond to queries on whether they are
investigating Mr. Tan or anyone else.

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