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Match Fixing- Too Much For English FA To Handle

The FA admits knowledge of culprits of match fixing but lacks power to prosecute them

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Wilson Raj Perumal... boss of them all, a prime match fixing lord play

Wilson Raj Perumal... boss of them all, a prime match fixing lord

Jailed- Krishna Ganeshan is serving a 5 year jail term in England, after being found guilty of conspiring to fix English football matches play

Jailed- Krishna Ganeshan is serving a 5 year jail term in England, after being found guilty of conspiring to fix English football matches

English football stands today as the biggest football community in the entire world. The premiership rakes in more money than any other league in the world, including La Liga which has the biggest club in the World, Real Madrid

As big as it could be, it also is home to one of the most dreaded people in today football - Match fixers

Recently, there have been cases of ring leaders travelling round the world, manipulating football matches to favour a certain few who lck themselves up somewhere, with heavy loads of cash to throw around

The first name to appear on any list of match fixers is Singaporean, Wilson Raj Perumal; this man is known to be notorious when it comes to this business

According to him and corroboarting reports, he is responsible for the major game throws around the world

Perumal links heavily with England, in face, he may have started his business from the Queens Land where he lived 10 years before in Wembley

A Sunday investigation by English media, The Mail indicates that the FA is powerless against these fixers and some of the players who do business with the men

Accoring to its findings, The Main revealed that: 'A group of footballers suspected of being involved in match-fixing are playing at English clubs with the knowledge of the Football Association'

Mail also confirmed that the FA admits, for the first knowledge of these players, though placed on ''watch list,'' they cannot be prevented to play

'More than a dozen alleged fixers could be playing in England, according to law enforcement and football integrity sources. The FA will not put a figure on the number.'

'None of the those on the watch list can be named for legal reasons; not one has been charged or convicted with any fixing offence, hence the FA’s inability to stop them playing.'

The players involved are at clubs in the lower reaches of the Football League and in non-League football, yet their CVs show that their former employers range from leading London Premier League clubs to smaller sides across the south.

While match fixers are sought elsewhere, they run to England to avoid arrest and possible sentence

An official of the English FA was asked to confirm the suspicions and he said:  ''It’s safe to say we have procedures in place to manage those sorts of issues.

''We also have the ability within our rules, but only under certain circumstances, to interim suspend players where we believe a sufficient case can be made that they have been in breach of the integrity rules.''

''In the event that we believe somebody is connected in some way [to fixing] we may remind them of their responsibilities.

''We can seek various written confirmations from them that they have nothing they wish to share with us in terms of breaches of our rules or those of any other body or international association, and they will inform us the minute they do become aware of anything,'' David Newton, FA's head of football integrity.

In suspected cases of match fixing in England, the FA liaised with the Gambling Commission, and tried but failed to get the police force involved to aprrehend the culprits

The FA stopped short of starting any investigation of their own. No player or official at any club was questioned. This led to the FA being lambasted by, among others, their own former compliance chief Graham Bean, their former chairman, Lord Triesman, and the chairmen of several clubs linked to ‘dodgy’ matches.

Bean said the FA had been guilty of a ‘dereliction of duty’ in not investigating. Triesman said he was ‘astonished’ nobody had been questioned, insisting it was the FA’s ‘duty’ to do so.

''What happened next raised real concerns that not only had there been malpractice in the Conference, but probably systematic fixing by a major Asian crime syndicate.''

Even so, the recent match fixing scandal which rocked Australian league, leading to FIFA banning four English players for life involved ringleader Krishna Snajey Ganeshan who is based in England

Although Ganeshan was jailed in June 2014 for attempets to throw games in November 2013, he remains just one of so many that are yet to be investigated

''It seems pretty clear now that there was match manipulation in England in the 2012-13 season, and it went uninvestigated, and some of those involved went on to be involved in Australia, including Ganeshan.

''People got away with stuff in England. Some also got away with it in Australia. I’m sure the FA have an idea who they are,'' said one veteran police source

With the moving power of a new law enforcement agency, poised to bring down fixers, The National Crime Agency (NCA); being supported by the FA, match fixing could be on a chase from this hungry agents who want to eradictae the melee

A conjoined effort from NCA and some newspapaers led to the arrest of Sanjey Ganeshan and the disclosure of a syndicate move to fix an international friendly between Nigeria and Scotland played in May 2014, shortly before the kick-off of the World Cup

''These matters are now treated with the utmost seriousness by all the relevant agencies. We’re a lot happier in relation to the manner in which these matters are dealt with now.

''It’s not like in the old days when you can go in like the Sweeney and just interview some person,'' Darren Bailey, the FA’s director of governance and regulation

Bailey is also a part of a newly formed tri-partite organization, comprising sports bodies, the betting industry and the police — 'that meets regularly to share information and discuss strategy,' like the NCA, the organization is relatively new and aims to fight corruption

''We cannot do it as a sport on our own.

''We have limited power, (only) over our participants. We don’t necessarily have all of the investigative powers that other bodies have. So we do need their assistance,'' Bailey added.

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