S'pore fixers linked with Concaf Gold Cup

S'pore fixers linked with Concaf Gold Cup

The shadowy hands of Singaporean matchfixers have yet again been felt in faraway lands.

El Salvador's authorities raided the homes of 11 players on Thursday after the nation's football federation (FesFut) suspended 22 players, pending an investigation into alleged match-rigging.

The fixtures under investigation include El Salvador's 5-0 loss to Mexico in the Concacaf Gold Cup in June 2011, a 2-1 loss to the US in February 2010, a 1-0 loss to the American team DC United in July 2010 and a 4-1 loss to Paraguay in February 2012.

In June and July 2011, The New Paper flagged two of the matches as possibly fixed - El Salvador's friendly with the US in 2010 and their Concacaf Gold Cup clash with Mexico a year later.

We had received a tip-off just days before the kick-off of the Gold Cup in the US on June 5, 2011. A European source close to the Gold Cup investigations told TNP that the information we had received was accurate.

German news magazine Der Spiegel also reported about supposedly rigged matches at Central America's premier football tournament in June 2011.

The publication quoted an unnamed investigator as saying: "Everything leads to Singapore." In articles published last week and last month, El Salvadorian newspaper El Grafico reported that they had seen statements made by two national players. They revealed details of how two other matches under investigation - against the US national team and DC United - were fixed and Singaporean involvement in the allegedly compromised matches.

The newspaper reported that former El Salvador captain Marvin Gonzalez offered his teammates US$10,000 (S$12,792) to fix the match against the US. The same amount was offered to the players to compromise the match against Major League Football side DC United.

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