Singapore charges four men over Malaysia v Timor Leste match-fixing scandal

Malaysia's Muhammad N.Abu Hassan Saari in action during the 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 match between Malaysia and Timor Leste at Bishan Stadium, Singapore, May 30, 2015. — Reuters pic
Malaysia's Muhammad N.Abu Hassan Saari in action during the 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 match between Malaysia and Timor Leste at Bishan Stadium, Singapore, May 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

SINGAPORE, May 31 — Singapore charged four men for attempting to fix a Southeast Asian Games football match yesterday.

The men were accused of plotting to arrange for players of the Federacao Futebol Timor-Leste to lose their match against Malaysia, according to charge sheets filed in a Singapore state court yesterday.

The men — one Singaporean, two Timor-Leste nationals and an Indonesian — allegedly agreed to corruptly give or receive S$15,000 (RM40,716) in bribes.

If convicted, the men may be jailed for as long as five years and fined as much as S$100,000.

They weren’t represented by lawyers and didn’t enter a plea.

Singapore is hosting the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, with the football tournament kicking off Friday. — Bloomberg