Referees jailed for taking sexual bribes to fix game
A Singapore court has jailed two Lebanese assistant referees for three months after they pleaded guilty to accepting sexual bribes to fix a soccer match, writes Kevin Lim.
Singapore has been the focus of an international probe into soccer match-fixing, with European anti-crime agency Europol saying that hundreds of matches had been fixed in a global betting scam run from the Southeast Asian city-state.
Assistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb were jailed for three months. In the early hours of April 3, they accepted sexual favours from three women in return for influencing a future match.
A third Lebanese referee, Ali Sabbagh, will be sentenced today.
Prosecutors have asked that Ali Sabbagh be jailed for about six months, saying he was the most culpable, having influenced the two assistants to accept the sexual bribe.