Singaporean convicted of match-fixing in Finland



HELSINKI (AP) — A Singapore man at the heart of a soccer match-fixing investigation in Finland was convicted Tuesday of bribery, forgery and illegal border crossing and sentenced to two years in prison.

In its verdict, the Lapland District Court said Wilson Raj Perumal netted about $210,000 for fixing results in Finnish league matches from 2008-11.

Perumal also is suspected by world governing body FIFA of fixing international games involving African and Asian national teams.

Perumal was arrested in February after having entered Finland with a fake passport. He was accused of being a central figure in a match-fixing scam that focused on the local team in the northern town of Rovaniemi.