08 February 2013 17:30 | By Tan Thiam Peng & Agence France-Presse
Persons of the Week: Match fixers

Police say they need hard evidence to crack down on match-fixing cartels, after coming under pressure to arrest suspected ringleaders of networks which targeted hundreds of football games in Europe and beyond



Police say they need hard evidence to crack down on match-fixing cartels, after coming under pressure to arrest suspected ringleaders of networks which targeted hundreds of football games in Europe and beyond (© ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/Newscom/RTR)
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  • Police say they need hard evidence to crack down on match-fixing cartels, after coming under pressure to arrest suspected ringleaders of networks which targeted hundreds of football games in Europe and beyond (© ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/Newscom/RTR)
  • Police say they need hard evidence to crack down on match-fixing cartels, after coming under pressure to arrest suspected ringleaders of networks which targeted hundreds of football games in Europe and beyond (© AFP)
  • Police say they need hard evidence to crack down on match-fixing cartels, after coming under pressure to arrest suspected ringleaders of networks which targeted hundreds of football games in Europe and beyond (© Getty Images)
  • Police say they need hard evidence to crack down on match-fixing cartels, after coming under pressure to arrest suspected ringleaders of networks which targeted hundreds of football games in Europe and beyond (© STR/Newscom/RTR)
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Co-director of the University of Wuerzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture and the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, James M Dorsey, who is also a senior fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, wrote, “The seriousness of the investigation into match-fixing is likely to contrast starkly with efforts by world soccer body FIFA and many of its constituent regional associations to root out corruption.

“Those efforts have largely only skimmed the surface… They have yet to address an environment of backroom, back-slapping, non-transparent soccer politics that have spurred widespread perceptions of corruption.”

The sport’s chief Sepp Blatter (pictured) said yesterday it was impossible to rid the game of cheats.

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Feb 9, 2013 4:14PM
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For Singapore this is a dubious world honour.

How come the Singapore Police appear to have been caught with their pants in their mouth?

Right in their backyard !

If this is proven correct the Commissioner of Police and the Minister in charge should resign out of command responsibility. How could they not realise that the world's biggest crooks are in their backyard ? What other such crooks are lurking in Singapore and using Singapore to create chaos around the world?

As a Singaporean I am ashamed to the core.

The Police  have been cracking down on minnows of crime in Singapore and many times end up supporting the guilty at the expense of the innocent on simple one to one cases.

You want proof I can give you proof.   

Disgraceful and shameful. 

 

REVAMP THE POLICE>

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