Police eye more suspects in soccer match fixing

Police are prepared to make arrest of the second batch of suspects allegedly involved in soccer match fixing.

Pol Maj-Gen Itthipol Atchariyapradit, the inquiry commander of Metropolitan Police Bureau, said Wednesday (Nov 22) that his men were in the process of gathering evidence to nail more suspects, including some foreigners, who were allegedly involved in soccer match fixing.

He added that arrest warrants would be sought with the court once there are sufficient evidence against any individuals suspected to be involved in the scam.

Twelve suspects who include footballers, referees, soccer club executives and linesmen have been arrested in the first roundup.  All of them have been released on bail.

Pol Maj-Gen Itthipol insisted police had treated the case in a straightforward and transparent manner based on the evidence in hands.

Besides soccer, he indicated that police would also look into alleged match fixing in boxing and horse race, noting that the illegal activities have tainted the image of Thai sports and deprived the state of substantial lost revenue.