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All the world is staged

Bribed players, fake games. Criminal syndicates can fix any match, anywhere.

Updated: August 15, 2012, 12:34 PM ET
By Brett Forrest | ESPN The Magazine

ON THE MORNING of Feb. 20, 2011, a man from Singapore walked into the central police station of Rovaniemi, Finland, a town that sits along the Arctic Circle. The man told officers that another Singaporean, Wilson Raj Perumal, was in Rovaniemi on a false passport. He offered no other information before leaving the station abruptly.

Though puzzled by the seemingly random tip, Rovaniemi police put Perumal under surveillance. Three days later, they followed him ...

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