Football: Top fixing suspect 'assisting' Singapore probe

A key suspect in an alleged international football match-fixing ring is "assisting" investigations in Singapore, police said Thursday, after the head of Interpol called for his arrest.

Singapore police said Tan Seet Eng or Dan Tan, who has been named in several investigations but denies wrongdoing, "is currently assisting Singapore authorities in their investigations".

The statement comes after an alleged associate of Tan's was arrested in Milan on Thursday as he arrived on a plane from Singapore, following a tip-off by the city-state's police force.

It is the first time Singapore's police, who have been under growing international pressure to act against the alleged fixing syndicate, have indicated Tan has undergone questioning.

"The Singapore authorities have been offering assistance and sharing available information with affected countries and will continue to do so," said a police statement late Thursday.

"Dan Tan Seet Eng, a Singaporean who has been named in reports so far, is currently assisting Singapore authorities in their investigations."

Earlier Thursday Interpol secretary-general Ronald Noble, speaking at a conference in neighbouring Malaysia, urged Singapore to arrest Tan.

Two weeks ago European police body Europol said hundreds of games worldwide had been targeted by match-fixers linked to crime syndicates in Singapore.