Lebanese referees sentenced to prison

 

A Singapore court sentenced Lebanese soccer referee Ali Sabbagh to six months’ imprisonment after he pled guilty to accepting free sexual services from a prostitute in return for a promise to fix a match. Assistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb each received three month sentences after pleading guilty to the same charge. Sabbagh has agreed to testify against Eric Ding Si Yang, the gambler who allegedly provided the prostitutes, who is to be tried on three charges of corruption in relation to the referees. The men were in Singapore to referee a match between India’s East Bengal and Singapore’s Tampines Rovers, but the match wasn’t part of the match fixing arrangement, according to testimony.