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The associate of Singapore businessman Tan Seet Eng will be questioned by Italian police in regards to nearly 700 matches suspected of having been rigged worldwide

Interpol on Thursday announced that a suspect in the ongoing match-fixing investigation was to be detained in Milan.

The announcement came during a joint conference held between the international police agency, Fifa, and the Asian Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur on ways to combat match-fixing in professional football.

"The man is wanted by Italian authorities for his alleged involvement in match-fixing under the organisaiton based in Singapore and controlled by Tang Seet Eng," Interpol chief Robert Noble told officials in attendance.

Singapore authorities reportedly told Italian officials that the suspect, who according to Noble is not a Singapore national, would be arriving at Milan International Airport on Thursday on a flight from Singapore.

Nearly 700 matches around the world, including Champions League and World Cup qualifying fixtures, have been reported as suspicious by Europol. The criminal activity is said to center around Singaporean betting syndicates, with developing football nations rife with opportunity for corruption.

China's football association recently levelled punishments against several clubs and stripped Shanghai Shenhua of their 2003 league title after finding them guilty of paying bribes and other improper conduct.

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