Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dan Tan Runs Soccer -- He's Also Ruined It!

In the Brian Tuohy interview Monday, he starts off talking about a New York Times article Monday on the massive investigation, taken over 19 months, into an international game-fixing operation out of Singapore, which soccer-rigging expert Declan Hill centers around kingpin Dan Tan.

Europol has reported that it has belief of the probable fixing, by Tan and his associates, of almost SEVEN HUNDRED games -- half of them in Europe.

Here's probably the highest-profile tidbit of them all:  One of the games that it is believed Tan his put his tentacles in was no less than a Champions' League game (the European year-long club championship tournament - highest honor for club football in Europe!), taking place in England!!

They said it probably has taken place in the last 3-4 years.

Manchester United?
Arsenal??
Liverpool???
Chelsea????

(The other two teams which might've been involved are Manchester City and Tottenham.)

You get why this is such a devastating claim.  Now, this certainly could also have been an action for the opponent to take a dive.  But consider this scenario:

A major English club needs three points and help to get into the knockout phase.  Hundreds of thousands of pounds are involved (not only to the club, but to sponsors, bookies, the EPL itself, etc. and so forth and so on!).

What if it is now common knowledge to get in touch with Dan Tan The Man in Singapore if you need something THAT badly, even if you are a Manchester United, which is the first sporting franchise in history to be worth over THREE BILLION DOLLARS.

Reported bribes by the syndicate, in some cases, were well into six figures in American money.  Literally one was reported at $136,000.

Now, think about this:  This guy in Singapore has enough money, muscle, power, and connections to offer somebody (and it could've been an official as much as a player) that kind of money.

Wouldn't one easily be able to, then, conclude that Dan Tan effectively runs soccer -- and that the reality in corporate sport is much closer to my theory that every match which can be fixable is fixed?

Something to keep an eye on...

Why?

Consider the following possibilities:

How about all that cricket controversy which has gone on over the years in Asia?

How about that Olympic badminton scandal of fixed matches at the London Games?

If we really want to go there:  How about the video game leagues in Korea (which can be gambled upon!) that players around the world see on Twitch?  What's to say that Tan doesn't have a stake in those too?

Hell, what's to say he wasn't involved in the controversial Worlds tournament of League of Legends last year here in the United States and the whole Azubu Frost fiasco?

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