Referee charged with match-fixing in Malaysia

A referee has been charged with attempting to fix a Malaysian Super League match between the Lions XII and Sarawak, Singapore media reported on Thursday.

Official Shokri Nor is alleged to have agreed to a 15,000 ringgit ($4,800) bribe to fix Tuesday's match which the Lions, a Singapore select side competing in the Malaysian league, won 3-0 at their home Jalan Besar Stadium.

Nor, 47, was dropped from officiating the match beforehand after organisers were told about the alleged wrongdoing, Singaporean media agency, Mediacorp, reported.

The Singapore-based Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said Shokri and businessman Thana Segar S Sinnaiah were arrested on Tuesday together with two other people. Nor and Sinnaiah were out on S$50,000 ($39,100) bail, Mediacorp said.

The CPIB said the case would be heard on May 31 and each faced a fine of up to $100,000 and a maximum jail term of five years.