Lebanese Officials Charged With Receiving Sexual Bribes In Exchange For Match-Fixing
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said on Thursday that "three Lebanese football officials have been charged with receiving sexual bribes" to fix an Asian Football Confederation Cup match in Singapore, according to Amlan Chakraborty of REUTERS. Referee Ali Sabbagh and assistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb "were hastily replaced by officials from Thailand and Malaysia for Tampines Rovers' 4-2 defeat by East Bengal of India on Wednesday." The Lebanese trio were taken to the CPIB instead and "appeared in a Singapore court" on Thursday. The CPIB said in a statement, "Singapore has always adopted a zero tolerance approach towards corruption and matchfixing of any form is not condoned in Singapore" (REUTERS, 4/4).