Singapore: “S-League Players Fall Match-Fixing Lie-Detector Tests”

The Singapore Straits Times reports on the polygraph “testing” of soccer players. Excerpt:

Club officials say they were ‘unofficially’ told of players who failed the test – they now have to decide what to do about it

SOME S-League football players have failed the lie-detector tests introduced last year.

But because the polygraph tests are inadmissible as evidence in court, the Football Association of Singapore is treating the matter delicately.

When contacted by The Straits Times, FAS chief operating officer John Koh would not comment on the results of such tests.

But club officials disclose that they were ‘unofficially’ told of players in their clubs who had failed the test.

It is then left to the clubs to decide on the next course of action – which includes not employing such players.

A senior club official, who did not want to be named, said: ‘There is nothing on paper. It is all word-of-mouth communication.’

The FAS introduced the polygraph tests a year ago, in response to a call by Fifa to combat match-fixing worldwide.

Fifteen to 20 players are reportedly tested each year.

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