Two Indian origin men have been slapped with charges of conspiracy to defraud for their involvement in alleged fixing of English football matches as part of an international betting syndicate based in Singapore, official sources here said.
The two are Chann Sankaran, a 33-year-old Singapore national, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, a 43-year-old with dual UK and Singapore nationality. They have been remanded to custody and are due to appear before magistrates later today.
Britain’s National Crime Agency arrested seven people, include Sankaran and Ganesan. The other five have been released on bail. The maximum sentence for the offence is 10 years imprisonmen, the sources said.
The charge against Sankaran is conspiracy to defraud, contrary to common law. Between 1 and 26 November, at Manchester and elsewhere he conspired together with Ganeshan and others to defraud bookmakers by influencing the course of football matches and placing bets thereon.
The charge against Ganeshan is also conspiracy to defraud, contrary to common law. Between 1 and 26 November, at Manchester and elsewhere he conspired together with Chann Sankaran and others to defraud bookmakers by influencing the course of football matches and placing bets thereon.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller said there was "no place" for this sort of criminal activity in British sport, while former Premier League chief executive Rick Parry said the allegations of match-fixing were "no great surprise".