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Soccer players arrested in Thailand for match-fixing

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to the Associated Press, five players and two match officials in Thailand were among 12 people, who were arrested for alleged match-fixing. Somyot Poompanmuang, the Football Association of Thailand president, made the announcement on Tuesday, along with the national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda.

Poompanmuang and Chaijinda said an investigation is underway following results from a match in July and three more in September.

Football Association of Thailand President Somyot Poompanmuang (Associated Press Photo)

Football Association of Thailand President Somyot Poompanmuang (Associated Press Photo)

Four players, according to the Associated Press, from the Navy Club and a fifth from the Nakhon Ratchasima were paid up to $200,000 to manipulate the rests. In the Thai baht, it would come to $6,100.

The FAT and Royal Thai Police secured information from Sportradar, a data service company, as a part of the investigation. Sportradar reported an ‘unusual number of goals being scored in the late stages of the games.’

“Match-fixing has been committed for a long-time,” Somyot said. “It’s time we eradicate this wrongdoing which is like a bad diseased of our body that needs to be cured.”

The 12 individuals have been released on bail at this time. No court hearing was available at the time of the post.

“I have to give big credit to the Royal Thai Police for their work or otherwise we will see the fall of Thai football if match-fixing is not tackled,” Somyot said.

The alleged match-fixing was reportedly coordinated through a network of players, two referees, club official and domestic and international investors. The people involved could reportedly face up to 10 years in prison, along with fines, if they are found guilty of the match-fixing.

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