Match-fixing arrests: Dan Tan unravelled in The New Paper

Match-fixing arrests: Dan Tan unravelled in The New Paper
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Even when his every move was being watched closely by the Singapore authorities, alleged kelong mastermind Dan Tan Seet Eng was still in the game.

This was what Mr Terry Steans of SI Sports Intelligence and German chief investigator Friedhelm Althans told The New Paper on Thursday.

Along with 13 others, Tan, 48, was arrested following a 12-hour joint operation by the Criminal Investigation Department, Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau and Police Intelligence Department on Tuesday.

Police confirmed that "the suspected leader and several other individuals, who are the subject of ongoing investigations in other jurisdictions for match-fixing activities, were among the persons arrested".

Mr Steans, 58, a former global investigation coordinator for Fifa, said: "From source information, he (Tan) was still funding games in the last six months. And these were mostly international friendly matches."

Mr Althans agreed.

He headed a Europol probe which in February revealed that as many as 300 international football matches were suspected to have been fixed by Singaporeans.

He added that there are now fears that other Asian syndicates could replace Tan after his arrest.

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