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FOOTBALL BETTING: WHICH LESSON SHOULD BE LEARNT FROM SINGAPORE? (PART 02)

Singapore Pools organizes betting for all the football tournaments and champions all over the world, national football tournaments of some developed football nations in Europe, Asia, Australia and Singapore. Nowadays, on the official website of Singapore Pools, many “king of sports” addicts who are fond of betting can place bet on tournaments and matches in UEFA Champions League, Europa League and other national tournaments, whether they are competing or friendly ones of England, French, Italia, Japan, Korea, Spain and Singapore.  

Hosting and organizing professional football tournaments and being the first to turn football betting into legal  in the South East Asia, it comes as no surprise when on the list of the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) during the period from 2001-2011, S-League of Singapore always stands in top 1 of the region (ranked 82th), above V-League of Vietnam (ranked 88th), Thai-League of Thailand (ranked 89th), Malaysia Super League of Malaysia (ranked 91th)…

Is this a “two-edged sword”?

It is the high time for the South East Asia regions to take football betting into consideration seriously to turn it into legal. However, if this is not executed carefully, football betting will be a “two-edged” sword, as the football development of many Asia regions would be threatened or stand on the edge of cancelling when players and organizers are aimed to be the “preys” of greedy bettors.

During a court to deal with the darkside in China football, referee Huang Junjie was announced to come up with a 7-year sentence as being involved in serious football cheats for betting. Typically, in the friendly match between Shanghai Club and Manchester United in 2007, a football market in Hong Kong requested Huang to set up the match with the final gap score must be 5 goals for M.U.