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Singapore Betting Hall At Center Of Italian Soccer's Match-Fixing Scandal

An Italian reporter pays a visit to one of Singapore's many low-commission, high-confidentiality betting outlets. Investigators say bets were placed in these locations in a match-fixing scandal involving top players now undermining fan confidence

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Stefano Mancini

SINGAPORE - At Singapore Pools, you can place a bet on any sports match, for any amount. Opening a local bank account is necessary only for very high bets, and the gambler's privacy is always guaranteed. According to Italian investigators, these gambling agencies associated with Singapore's national gaming operator were at the center of a soccer scandal that has shaken the top echelons of Italian soccer.

Italian prosecutors are investigating a group of people charged with trying to fix soccer matches – and most of them had gambled here in Singapore. Beppe Signori, a former striker for the Italian national team, is among those under investigation. The suspects are believed to have come to Singapore to bet because here the gaming operator charges only 2% commission, while in Italy the commission is 10%. Moreover, in Singapore, money trails cannot be traced out and there are no investigations when a single match attracts a suspicious number of bets.

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