Match-fixing ‘general director’ detained again

Match-fixing ‘general director’ detained again

Monday, December 7, 2015 Totally Gaming
Dan Tan has been linked with corruption in Italy's Serie A

The man accused of leading the world's biggest football match-fixing syndicate is to be detained without trial in Singapore following his rearrest last week.

Dan Tan will be held under a detention law that is usually reserved for suspected drug traffickers, illegal money-lenders and criminal gang members.

Tan had previously been held without trial for two years before being released in November after the Court of Appeal ruled his confinement had been “unlawful”. Fifa, football's global governing body, said it was "very disappointed" about that decision.

However, Tan was rearrested a week later and the Ministry of Home Affairs said that it had now “issued a detention order in respect of Dan Tan Seet Eng on 5 December 2015 for his involvement in global soccer match-fixing”.

Tan was originally arrested along with 13 others in September 2013 in a move that was hailed by Interpol as a major breakthrough in the battle against corruption in football. At the time, the Italian prosecutor Roberto Di Martino, who was leading an inquiry into match-fixing, referred to Tan as the “general director of the ring”. There has yet to be any trial into the allegations.

Tan was suspected of being the mastermind behind fixed matches in Italy’s top-tier Serie A and second-tier Serie B in 2011. He is also being tried in absentia by a Hungarian court for allegedly manipulating 32 games in Hungary, Italy and Finland.

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