News 30th July 2015

Today’s sports integrity briefs…

• Lawyers acting for ‘Dan’ Tan Seet Eng, who was arrested in Singapore in 2013 in relation to charges of match-fixing, have argued that his detention without trial is illegal, reports CNA. Tan was arrested in relation to match-fixing charges levied against him in Italy in 2011, and in Hungary in 2013. It is understood that Tan served as a Director of Exclusive Sports PTE Limited, a rebranding of Football 4 U, which was founded by convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal. You can read more about how this company arranged games for bookmakers in this Sports Integrity Initiative article.

• Italian police in Catanzaro, Calabria, are in the process of identifying a Maltese person who was allegedly approached to fork out €40,000 in order to finance a match-fixing operation in Italy last April, reports the Maltese Times. According to information obtained by the newspaper, an Italian asked the Maltese contact to five him €40,000 to fix the 25 April Lega Pro match between Vigor Lamezia and Casertana, which Casertana won 2-1. The Italian football association (FIGC) confirmed that it was working with prosecutors in Catanzaro on 26 May.

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has said that he took the decision to field midfielder Fred (pictured) during Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League qualifying match against Fenerbahçe, despite receiving advice from UEFA not to field the Brazilian due to reports of a possible doping violation. “Before the game, UEFA advised us not to include him, but we had not received any official documents and this was just a verbal recommendation”, he told Reuters. “There is no specific statement on this matter for now, and we are still waiting for the results of the B sample”.

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