By the Numbers: Singapore’s Soccer Match-Fixing Scandal

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Singapore, known for its order, was rocked by Interpol findings that an international soccer match-fixing operation was based there. Though soccer scandals are not new in Southeast Asia, many were surprised that the ring was Singapore-based. Soccer is Southeast Asia’s most popular sport in both viewership and gambling, and we examine the scandal by the numbers.

680 matches

The number of games between 2008 and 2011 that Europol deemed suspicious, including 150 international matches in Africa, Asia, and Latin America; 380 games in Europe, including FIFA World Cup and European championship qualifiers as well as UEFA Champions League games.

$50 million

The estimated net worth of Tan Seet Eng or “Dan” Tan, the Singaporean key suspect in the soccer match-fixing scandal. Interpol requested that Singapore arrest Tan on February 22. Reportedly, Tan has spoken to and is cooperating with Singapore police, however he has not been taken into custody. Interpol, with Italian authorities, arrested Admir Sulic, a suspected member of the syndicate, in Milan on February 21.

Singapore’s Liverpool fans at a 2009 Singapore vs. Liverpool friendly match. Singapore is shocked by an international soccer match-fixing scandal. Source: ishou80's flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.


The estimated number of corrupt officials, players, and criminals involved in the scandal. The illicit network spans 15 countries. Fourteen people have been convicted and sentenced to 39 years in prison in Germany due to the probe.

$10.9 million

The gambling profits German police cite as evidence. Investigators currently have evidence for 150 cases. The estimated bribes paid per match in the soccer match-fixing scandal is $136,000.


The year that Singapore legalized gambling on local matches. The country legalized gambling on international matches played locally in 2002.


The amount of bribe that Tan’s accomplice Wilson Raj Perumal handed over to Finnish league players in 2010. Perumal, who is also a Singapore national, is serving a prison term in Hungary after being convicted in Finland in 2011 and extradited. Perumal has agreed to help Europol map out the global operations in exchange for protective custody.


1 comment for “By the Numbers: Singapore’s Soccer Match-Fixing Scandal

  1. February 27, 2013 at 12:53

    US$50M is an unbelievable net worth for someone who is supposedly the global mastermind of football matches. It is too little.

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