By Neil Humphreys
Fit Fixer happens contained in the murky underbelly of Asian soccer. The so-called squeaky fresh city-state of Singapore performs host to making a bet syndicates that have for many years fed off the insatiable unlawful playing conduct of the neighborhood inhabitants and within the approach made a decide on few bookies very wealthy and much too strong. Neil Humpreys, a former soccer correspondent for the nationwide Singapore press, lifts the lid off a formerly unexplored - yet very actual - topic. In his debut novel, corruption is destroying the gorgeous online game in Asia and has unfold its tentacles into the united kingdom through unfold making a bet cartels that experience already knocked out floodlights and brought on chaos within the English prime League. opposed to this sort of historical past, former West Ham United apprentice striker Chris Osborne arrives in Singapore for a last roll of the cube to get his as soon as promising occupation again on the right track. in spite of the fact that no longer even a boyhood spent starting to be up within the East finish prepares him for the crooked shenanigans, bloated former British footballing jetsam and the underground occasion medicines scene that welcomes him to lifestyles in paradise.
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You’ll hear that a lot in Singapore. Ask around about it. I’ve got two assignments for you. The ﬁrst is kelong. ” Peter laughed and adjusted his sports editor’s plaque on the desk. “Don’t be ridiculous. This is Singapore football. Nothing is corrupt in Singapore,” he said. “Oh, right,” Billy replied. He was thoroughly confused now. “You see, Singapore is all about its image,” Peter said as he sat back and forgot about his upcoming meeting, savouring another opportunity to pontiﬁcate to another rookie reporter.
I also know that your dad, who I’m told is a lovely fella, organised the trial with the previous manager, but things change very quickly in the A-League. ” Eddie McDonald talked fast and never stopped moving. It was a sign of over-caution, rather than over-conﬁdence. Eddie did not allow the chance for others to contradict or correct him. “Yeah, of course, Mr McDonald,” Chris replied. “I just want to …” Neil Humphreys 47 “There’s no need to call me Mr McDonald,” the Victory manager interjected, with another condescending hand on the shoulder.