Two charged over suspected match-fixing

Two of the members of an alleged betting syndicate, who have been detained on suspicion of fixing English football matches, have been charged, while another man has been arrested
Two of the six men arrested in connection with a National Crime Association investigation into alleged match-fixing were charged with conspiracy to defraud on Thursday afternoon.

The arrests, made earlier in the week, followed an enquiry undertaken by The Daily Telegraph, which obtained a recording of one alleged fixer claiming that a game could be rigged for £50,000. The men are alleged to be part of an international illegal betting syndicate based in Singapore.

Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan have both been charged with conspiracy to defraud.

"They conspired together and with others to defraud bookmakers by influencing the course of football matches and placing bets thereon," according to a press release from the NCA.

"The Crown Prosecution's Organised Crime Division found sufficient evidence and was satisfied it was in the public interest to authorise charges of conspiracy to defraud."

Mr. Sankaran, a 33-year-old Singapore national, and Mr. Ganeshan, a 43-year-old with dual UK and Singapore nationality, have been remanded in custody and will appear before Cannock Magistrates on November 29. The maximum sentence for the offence is 10 years’ imprisonment.

A seventh man has also been arrested, but he and four others were bailed on Thursday pending further enquiries. None of those released on bail have been officially named, although national media reports claim that they include footballers.

In February of this year Interpol announced a list of up to 380 'suspicious' matches, including two Champions League games. Hungarian club Debrecen subsequently admitted that two of their matches, against Liverpool and Fiorentina, had been investigated by Uefa.

Their goalkeeper, Vukasin Poleksic, had been approached by fixers ahead of the game at Anfield, and was banned for two years for failing to report a corruption plot relating to the Fiorentina clash.

In September, four Englishmen were among 10 charged with match-fixing while playing for Melbourne's Southern Stars. They had previously played for Hornchurch and Eastbourne Borough.