Plans to rig World Cup busted

Plans to rig World Cup busted
Alleged ringleader Dan Tan Seet Eng is also wanted in Italy and Hungary for match-fixing offences.

They were audacious enough to try and fix next year's football World Cup in Brazil.

In fact, they had already started building contacts and were poised to make millions, said several sources.

Their plan, however, will not see the light of day as 14 of the syndicate members, including alleged ringleader Dan Tan Seet Eng, were arrested by the Singapore authorities on Sept 17.

Tan's wife was also one of nine persons being investigated by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). They are currently out on bail.

When contacted last week, Tan's wife declined to comment.

To date, four suspects have been named by the media. They are former Sleague footballer Gaye Alassane, alleged kelong mastermind Dan Tan, Tan's wife and a close aide of Tan's, Anthony Santia Raj.

Two Singapore government sources shared information on the syndicate's World Cup ambitions with The New Paper (TNP).

One said: "The syndicate had been posturing, setting up a base of corrupt football players and officials through matches played overseas in national leagues and international friendlies.

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