Suspected match-fixer arrested in Milan

Suspected soccer match-fixer Admir Suljic was taken into custody after landing at Milan’s Malpensa airport on a flight from Singapore, Italian police said.

Suspected soccer match-fixer Admir Suljic was taken into custody after landing at Milan’s Malpensa airport on a flight from Singapore, Italian police said.

Suljic is wanted by judicial authorities in the city of Cremona investigating a massive match-fixing case that has already brought the arrests of more than 50 people, with more than 150 under investigation.

Police said Suljic had been on the run since December 2011 and was considered a ‘’key element’’ in the Last Bet operation. Police added that he spent significant time in Singapore in close contact with the alleged fixing organization’s chiefs.

Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble said that Singaporean police had notified authorities in Italy that a suspected match-fixer was flying to Milan.

Speaking at a match-fixing conference in Malaysia, Noble said the man was wanted in Italy because he is allegedly working for Singaporean businessman Tan Seet Eng - known as Dan Tan - for whom Italian authorities have issued an arrest warrant.

Italian police said Suljic wanted to turn himself in to Italian authorities and that he faces charges of criminal association and sports fraud.

Agencies

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