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SBD Global/September 16, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Global Match-Fixer Perumal Suspected Of Masterminding Australian Football Matches
Published September 16, 2013
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TIME ON THEIR SIDE: REUTERS' Nick Mulvenney wrote Victoria police Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton said that "there was a big threat of match fixing in Australia because of the attractiveness of the time zone to gamblers in other countries." Ashton said in a statement, "It's believed there has been estimated betting winnings in Australia and overseas of more than A$2M ($1.8M) identified to date in connection with this particular operation. We will continue to work with the relevant sporting codes and the Australian Crime Commission to create an environment that is hostile to those seeking to engage in illegal activities involving our sporting codes" (REUTERS, 9/15).
WARNING SIGNS: In Melbourne, David Davutovic wrote the Southern Stars betting scandal "is a massive warning" for football clubs Australia-wide. And while the technical gurus have long warned about the damage internationals can have on the development of Aussie kids, Sunday's arrests "prove that the foreign influx poses a far greater threat." Little due diligence is done on these players (usually a recommendation from an individual, which appears to have happened in this case) "most of whom have played at a modest level abroad." It is believed coach Zaya Younan -- who was also arrested -- "was involved in recruiting the players, all of whom came from England" (HERALD SUN, 9/16).