Betting operators have given broad support to a move by Interpol to increase its resources focused on addressing the manipulation of sporting events, as a suspected international match-fixer wanted by Italian authorities under an Interpol ‘international wanted persons alert’ has been arrested in Milan.

It has been reported that Admir Suljic, suspected of sporting fraud committed by a criminal association, was taken into custody shortly after his flight from Singapore arrived in Italy last Thursday.

Suljic, a Slovenian national, is said to be an associate of Dan Tan, a Singaporean who is believed to be the kingpin behind the large-scale corruption of football matches around the world and the associated manipulation of betting markets, notably in Asia where betting is often unregulated.

The arrest coincided with the announcement by Interpol Secretary General Ron Noble at a match-fixing conference hosted by his organisation in Malaysia, that it would be expanding the mandate of its international match-fixing task force.

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