Chann found guilty of kelong

Chann found guilty of kelong

Two Singaporean businessmen and an English footballer have been found guilty of conspiring to fix English football matches.

Chann Sankaran, 33, Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, 43, and footballer Michael Boateng, 22, have been convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery, following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, reported UK's The Telegraph.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court deliberated for more than 12 hours before finding Chann and Ganeshan guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery, reported British TV station ITV.

Jurors are still deliberating on another footballer, Moses Swaibu, 23. Both are former players with Conference South team Whitehawk FC.

The jurors earlier cleared former Whitehawk player, Mr Hakeem Adelakun, of the same charge. He had told the jury he knew nothing about any plot to fix matches.

The court heard that Chann and Ganeshan were "central" figures in a scam centred on plans to fix matches in the lower leagues.

The New Paper can now reveal Chann's role in the Singapore match-fixing syndicate which he was part of.

In Foul! The Inside Story of Singapore Match Fixers - a book that details the kelong activities of Singaporeans on the global stage - Chann had been given the pseudonym Sam due to legal reasons.

With his conviction, Chann's prominence in the syndicate headed by Wilson Raj Perumal can now be disclosed.

Wilson Raj had unknowingly told an undercover investigator from Australia-based SI Sports Intelligence (SI), who was posing as an investor, about his trusted lieutenant, Chann.

While still under Hungarian custody, Wilson Raj told the investigator in October last year: "I think I spoke to Sam (Chann) and he was telling me for several months that he's got some guy who is a little keen to invest and stuff... But I have the brains to do the necessary work for us to make money."

TICKETING

On another secretly recorded conversation via Skype, Wilson Raj said: "Chann will go to you and do all the paperwork. I've got people who will run around doing ticketing and this and that. I don't literally get involved, trust me."

When Chann was secretly recorded in a video clip before his UK arrest in November last year, he claimed that Wilson Raj was his boss.

Wilson Raj, on the other hand, denied any involvement with Chann or any match fixing attempts in the UK.

He told TNP that month that Chann had been set up.

Meanwhile, the UK prosecution said that Boateng was a "willing recruit".

The UK plot was exposed during an undercover investigation by the Telegraph where a Singaporean fixer was secretly filmed claiming to be able to fix English matches.

He said that he was able to do so for £70,000 (S$148,000).

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