Sideline shouting rigged Vic soccer games
By Genevieve Gannon
MELBOURNE, April 11 AAP English soccer players involved in an international match fixing scam in Australia feared they’d be caught because the local ringleader would shout instructions during the matches, a court has he nike air max thea ard.
Segaran “Gerry” Subramaniam, 46, would be told over the phone how many goals were to be conceded then try to “get the message” to players by yelling instructions from the sidelines, prosecutors said.
The Malaysian national acted as a facilitator between players at Victorian Premier League club the Southern Stars and overseas syndicate bosses.
“The boss was nike air max thea ringing constantly,” Subramaniam said in a record of interview read in the Victorian County Court on Friday.
Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar.
“He called saying: ‘This better fing happen.'”
Prosecutor Peter Rose, SC, said nike air max thea about $64,000 passed through Subramaniam for the payment of players, and to arrange hotels and ca nike air max thea rs for them.
He said Subramaniam played an important local role in the syndicate which “had tentacles in other parts of the world”.
“There has to be someone like him doing this,” Mr Rose said.
“It’s the leadership role of the system in Victoria.”
Defence lawyer Ian Hayden said Subramaniam earned as little as $2000 a month from the scheme.
“The lack of sophistication was such that he was calling out from the sidelines,” Mr Hayden said, describing it as absolutely chaotic.
He said players were worried about the way the instructions were given.
“They were saying ‘does he want to be caught?’.”
Two players convicted of fixing matches at the Southern Stars were given fines of $1200 and $2000, but Mr Rose said a custodial sentence was necessary in the case of Subramaniam.
Subramaniam has pleaded guilty to one match fixing charge, an offence that carries a prison term of up to 10 years.
Mr Hayden said Subramaniam is a man of good character with no prior convictions.
Judge Michael Bourke said it wasn’t just those who lost money betting on the game who were the victims in the crime, but the honest players at the club.