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SBD Global/April 9, 2013/International Football
Singaporean Businessman Charged In Referees Sexual Bribes Case
Published April 9, 2013
'SHOCKED AND SURPRISED': The Hong Kong STANDARD reported Singapore's Sunday Times said that Ding "spends most of his time in Bangkok but has stakes in a restaurant and nightclub in Singapore." He is "known to have a passion for fast cars and drives an Aston Martin Vantage." Ding was "a football tipster" with local tabloid The New Paper from '06 -12. If convicted, Ding "faces a maximum prison term of five years or a fine" of up to S$100,000 ($80,500), or both penalties for each charge (STANDARD, 4/8). BLOOMBERG's Tan & Panja reported Lebanese FA President Hachem Haydar said he was "shocked and surprised" by events in Singapore. Haydar: "Of course I know them. They are some of the excellent referees here. They are good referees, they have a good performance and their attitude is very good. We are all surprised that something happened" (BLOOMBERG, 4/5).
COURT CONFUSION: In Singapore, Khushwant Singh reported the Lebanese FA "has hired a lawyer from Drew & Napier to defend its three referees" in the match-fixing case. However, even that "was not a straightforward matter, with one of the men initially rejecting" the services of lawyer Gary Low in court on Friday, while another "could not give his assent as he had landed in hospital." Assistant referee Abdallah Taleb "initially said no" to Low, as he thought that the lawyer "had been appointed by the Lebanese government." He "changed his mind after District Judge Kamala Ponnampalam told him that the appointment had been made by his country's football association" (STRAITS TIMES, 4/8).