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FIFA-recognised referee Ali Sabbagh and assistants Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb had allegedly agreed to influence the result of the April 3 match between Singapore's Tampines Rovers and East Bengal of India, and were hastily replaced hours before kick-off by the AFC. The three, who deny the charges against them, face a maximum fine of S$100,000 (52,893 pounds) and a five-year prison term if found guilty. They have not been given bail on grounds they could be a flight risk and are currently being held at Singapore's Changi Prison. Spokesmen for Singapore's Attorney General's office and the law firm representing the three referees could not immediately be contacted for comment. Singapore is the focus of a international investigation into match-fixing, with the European anti-crime agency, Europol, saying in February that hundreds of football matches had been fixed in a global b...

Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/04/19/sports/soccer/1...

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