Asia at the heart of match fixing scandals

    Published in: Latest Intelligence Gambling in Asia is a sport and gambling on sports in a way of life for Asian punters, with bettors from the region putting up the bulk of international wagers on any given soccer match. But sports betting is also illegal in most Asian jurisdictions. The almost insatiable appetite for gambling in sports thus creates fertile ground for the proliferation of bookmakers – of every shade between illegal and legal – seeking a share of the growing multibillion dollar pie.  Centered in Singapore, the heart of Asia sports punting, the international match-fixing ring exposed last month has again put a spotlight on the unfathomable depths of corruption spreading through professional sport and the influence of organized crime.   Singapore national Wilson Raj Perumal has been a key asset to Europol, the EU criminal investigations agency, in detailing the workings of the ring. Perumal became a witness against his former partners,...

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