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Singapore Police Says Man Aiding in Match-Fixing Probe

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Singapore police said a Singaporean man is helping authorities in their probe into international soccer match-fixing.

Dan Tan Seet Eng is assisting Singapore authorities in their investigations, the police said in an e-mailed statement. Tan couldn’t be reached for comment as his contact details aren’t available in Singapore’s public telephone directory.

Europol, Europe’s law enforcement agency, said Feb. 4 a Singapore-based operation tried to fix more than 380 games, including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, to generate more than 8 million euros ($10.6 million) in profit. An 18-month investigation, Operation VETO, found 425 match officials, club executives, players and criminals in 15 countries worked to cheat.

Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, yesterday arrested Admir Suljic, a soccer match-fixing suspect wanted by Italian authorities. The arrest followed “close cooperation between Italian and Singaporean police,” Interpol said in an e-mailed statement.

Singapore police said it informed the National Crime Bureau Rome of the travel plans of a person wanted by Italian authorities probing match-fixing. The person, who wasn’t identified by Singapore police, had since been arrested.

Singapore is sending four senior officers to Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France, to join its Global Anti-Match-Fixing task force, the police said in a separate e-mailed statement yesterday.

“Singapore is committed to eradicating match-fixing as a transnational crime and protect the integrity of the sport and will pursue such cases vigorously with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice,” the police said. The Interpol mission “will enable us to build a concrete case, not just against individuals, but also against the syndicates involved.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrea Tan in Singapore at atan17@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Douglas Wong at dwong19@bloomberg.net

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