HELSINKI (AP) – A Singapore man has been sentenced to two years in prison for bribing players in the Finnish soccer league as part of an international match-fixing scam.
The verdict Tuesday against Wilson Raj Perumal and nine players from the local team in Rovaniemi, near the Arctic Circle, highlight the global reach of billion-dollar betting scams that have rocked the sport this year.
FIFA security director Chris Eaton tells The Associated Press the case marks a breakthrough in the worldwide fight against fixing by organized crime groups.
Eaton says information gathered from Perumal helped piece together ''the realities of match-fixing as a global criminal activity.''
Eaton says Perumal was key to ''a conspiracy to fix matches in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central and South America.''