FIFA blasts release of match-fixer

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ZURICH: FIFA on Thursday (Friday in Manila) hit out at a Singapore court’s decision to free Dan Tan who was accused of leading the world’s biggest match-fixing syndicate. “FIFA is very disappointed with the Singaporean Court of Appeal’s decision to release Mr. Tan given the gravity of his past activities relating to match manipulation,” a FIFA spokesman told Agence France-Presse. Tan, a businessman who was arrested in September 2013 but never tried, was released after Singapore’s Court of Appeal ruled that it was “unlawful” to keep him detained because he did not pose a danger to public safety in Singapore. Singapore’s highest court said that while match-fixing was “reprehensible and should not be condoned,” the alleged acts “all took place beyond our shores” and no evidence was presented to show that potential witnesses were being intimidated.

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