London, Feb 3: Mafia betting rings are rigging top international football matches by bribing players with cash and prostitutes, police chiefs are set to claim.
A cross-border inquiry has found that gangs, mainly based in south east Asia, have fixed dozens of games in Europe.
According to express.co.uk, Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, the European police intelligence agency, has unveiled the findings in Amsterdam tomorrow.
It is thought that they will point the finger at a Singapore betting ring whose “Mr Big”, Dan Tan Seet Eng, is subject to an Interpol warrant and is understood to have targeted 50 countries, the report said.
Less paid players and referees are most vulnerable to the mafia gangs, who use prostitutes and blackmail, and are told to perform badly in key games.
Singapore police said that they were assisting with the inquiry, but added that “Dan Tan Seet Eng has not been arrested or charged with any offence in Singapore,” it added. (ANI)