Convicted Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal has made claims that he assisted in the qualification campaigns of international football sides Honduras and Nigeria in reaching the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
In a new book published this Monday, the self confessed match fixer sheds details on how his company Football4U helped fix matches, bribe players and influence FIFA officials in order to secure qualification for Honduras and Nigeria. Perumal further claims that his match fixing services had been sanctioned by representative officials of Honduras and Nigeria football associations.
Perumal details meetings with match officials in order to help the Nigeria international football team qualify for the World Cup 2014. In return for his services, Perumal would receive free rein in organising three warm-up matches and a cut of the money FIFA provides for hosting a training camp during the tournaments.
With regards to Honduras qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Perumal claimed that he and his associate Bee Hoon were hired ‘to make things happen’. Perumal bribed match officials and influenced players, as Honduras won their final match to gain qualification to South Africa 2010.
The book ‘Kelong Kings’, written in conjunction with the investigative journalists Alessandro Righi and Emanuele Piano, further details the match fixing and sports corruption. With regards to sports betting Perumal details the huge sums of money he won and lost – sometimes up to €3 million in a single night. Perumal shed further light on the influence of betting syndicates on sports results, stating that all sporting bodies are losing the fight against corruption.
Perumal was arrested in Helsinki in 2011 and sentenced to two years in prison. He agreed to co-operate with the authorities and implicated his fellow Singaporean Dan Tan, alleged to be at the heart of the fixing and gambling ring that placed bets on illicit Chinese markets.