Three plead guilty to match-fixing


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A Malaysian man accused of being the local organizer of a football match-fixing ring and two English players have admitted taking part in an international match-fixing syndicate in Melbourne.

Segaran Gsubramaniam, 45, on Friday pleaded guilty to a single charge of engaging in conduct that corrupts the outcome of a betting event.

Gsubramaniam was accused of leading an operation to fix five games involving the Southern Stars club in the semi-professional Victorian Premier League between July and September of this year.

Defender Reiss Noel and goalkeeper Joe Woolley, both 24, admitted helping to fix games while playing for the Southern Stars.

The match-fixing ring was made public in September when Football Federation Australia issued a statement saying several players from the Southern Stars had been arrested after a police investigation.