Ex-Malaysian footballer convicted of match-fixing in Singapore

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Former Kedah striker Thanasegar S. Sinnaiah yesterday pleaded guilty to fixing a Malaysian Super League football match between Singaporean team Lions XII and Sarawak FA two years ago.

English daily The Straits Times reported that Sinnaiah was yesterday convicted in Singapore on four of the eight charges he was slapped with.

The 40-year-old businessman conspired with Singaporean project manager Selvarajan Letchuman to give up to RM15,000 to Malaysian part-time referee Shokri Nor to ensure that Lions XII would beat Sarawak FA in the Malaysian Super League by at least three goals.

The match was played in Singapore on May 22, 2012. All three were arrested before the kick-off.

The daily also reported that Sinnaiah was convicted of conspiring with the pair to cheat state-owned lottery subsidiary company Singapore Pools by dishonestly concealing the match-fixing arrangements.

The case against project manager Selvarajan, 52, is pending while Shokri, 50, is still on the run.

The Straits Times reported that Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Khoo told the court that Thanasegar, who lived in Kedah, received a phone call from Selvarajan on May 18, 2012.

Selvarajan asked if he had any tips for the May 22 match between Lions XII and Sarawak FA. Thanasegar told Selvarajan that Shokri, then a policeman, was the referee for the match.

Selvarajan told Thanasegar he would be in Penang the next day.

The three met in Selvarajan's hotel room that evening and allegedly talked about fixing the match. Shokri was offered up to RM15,000 if the desired outcome for the match was achieved.

Thanasegar and Selvarajan were arrested at Orchard Hotel before the start of the match, which ended in a 3-0 win for Lions XII. Shokri was also arrested before the match. – January 20, 2015.