FIFA Bans 25 Year-old Nigerian Defender For Life For Match Fixing Involvement

Defender gets fined £1,700, alongside three others, he wil no longer play football

The avoidance of the man Wilson Raj Perumal and his cohorts is the beginning of safety and longevity for every footballer.

After the self confessed Singaporean surfaced, all hell has been let loose; there have disclosures of unfathomable happenings controlled by a certain ring of match fixers; all of them, South Eastern Asians

Nigeria at one time was mentioned, thank God it was just a mention

However, a Nigerian born 25 year-old defender, once based in England but later moved to Australia, David Obaze, we are sure will be biting his teeth

Obaze together with three other Englsih footballers who are all based in Australia were found guilty of taking part in a match fixing scandal, managed by a certain ringleader, Gerry Subramaniam, a Malaysian based in Singapore

In what is regarded as Australia's biggest match-fixing scandal between Australian league clubs, Hastings, Sussex and Souther Stars

The syndicates were discovered by efforts of the police who in some games outnumbered fans; in search of evidence to aid their investigation, the police wire tapped suspects phones, bugged privacies of the clubs and players, installed cameras and secret microphones on the pitch and goalposts

One most notable evidence were calls by players and ring leaders, telling the goalkeeper to

For their involvement, an England born defender was fined; , while is yet to be fined as he awaits trial in September

Nigerian born and together with the other players, have been banned for life by World Fotball Governing Body, FIFA

The ring leader Gerry Subramaniam was sentenced to three years in prison, while coach of Southern Stars; the Australian club, involved, was suspended for four months,

These men did not act on their own, they were engineered by a certain Briton, Sri Lankan by heritage, Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, who happens to be cohorts with the premier Wilson Raj Perumal

Sanjey, as the owner of a British ghost company, Match World Sports Limited(MWSL), hired these players, in pretence for legitimte jobs that were not, he offered the players as free agents to Southern Stars as part of a package where MWSL would bring sponsorship to the club

Defender Noel confessed to the police that he once got a call on the sidelines from one of the fixers, who told him:

The accomplices were apprehended through joint coalition from the Australian state of Victoria Police and a Swiss based sports monitoring company Sports Radar, who had been tracking the movements of players from England to Australia via paid-for holidays, irregular betting and results

According to documents from the investigation; the players' travel, accomodation, and a  which amount to , was covered by the fixers

In proceeds, the fixers got £1.2m profit from the venture, or about £200,000 per match.

Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, owner of MWSL is already behind bars in England, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment after he was found trying to fix games in the Queens land

Under a new law, passed by the State of Victoria in Australia, Match fixers are liable to a 10 year prison term.


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