With two of the biggest names known to price per head books for match-fixing (Singaporean Dan Tan Seet Eng and Wilson Raj Perumal) out of the game, we look back on the two that potentially made millions for others.
You may (or may not) remember Perumal allowed impostors to pose as the Togo national team and play a friendly at Bahrain on Sept. 7, 2010. It was so obvious that Bahrain’s then head coach, Josef Hickersberger, said after the game that the Togo team was “not fit enough to play 90 minutes” and the media coverage drew the attention to a possible fix.
Months later, Perumal was running his other fixes in Finland, which he had been doing at least since 2009. He was there to broker a dea on behalf of Dan Tan to buy the Rovaniemi team, which had been making so much money.
Perumal sabotaged the purchase and then himself. The Finnish owners had agreed to sell the club for $500,000, but Perumal gave them only $200,000, and pocketed the rest. Rovaniemi alerted the Singapore bosses and soon and random tip to the police and Perumal was quickly rounded up.
Pay per head sportsbooks recently learned that Dan Tan Seet Eng, 47, was called a leader and organizer of a global match-fixing syndicate in the Italian court papers.
The match was a Serie A fixture on May 22 last year, in which Lazio beat Lecce 4-2.
Supposedly an hour before the match started, Tan spoke to and exchanged text messages with other members in the syndicate, before paying out 600,000 Euros to the players to help with the fix.
Half came from Tan, the syndicate’s chief financier, and the other half from a group within the organization called the Hungarians.
Once everything was ready, Tan then bet two million Euros with non price per head Asian betting sites that the match would have four or more goals.
Court papers show that one afternoon in May, after the successful fixing of the Lazio-Lecce match, members of the syndicate felt that “they had arrived at the top”, having manipulated an Italian Serie A match “under the leadership of Boss (Tan)”..
Although there is an Interpol warrant out for Dan Tan, he still remains at large, and thus may still be a threat for match-fixing with price per head bookmakers.