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Former S.League player to lose Singapore citizenship for match fixing

Former S.League player to lose Singapore citizenship for match fixing
From ESPN - December 7, 2017

The former S.League player who spent more than two years in prison for his alleged role in a global match-fixing syndicate is now likely to be stripped of his Singapore citizenship.

Mali-born Gaye Alassane, who played for Gombak United in the S.League and some non-professional Singapore clubs, was served with a Notice of Proposed Deprivation of Citizenship under Article 133(1) of the Constitution on Thursday.

"I was shocked when I heard the news this morning, and, of course I feel terrible about it," Alassane told The Straits Times.

"I am lost, I do not know where my life is. I really do not know what to do now."

Alassane, 43, obtained his Singapore citizenship in 2003. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), he conspired with syndicate members to fix football matches in various countries by corrupting officials and players.

It was alleged that Alassane travelled abroad from Singapore to influence the outcome of games.

"In addition, the individual entertained and cultivated relationships with foreign nationals in Singapore to draw them into his syndicate's match-fixing activities," MHA said.

Alassane became a Singapore citizenship through the Family Ties Scheme 14 years ago and is the father of two local children.

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