Police have finally caught up with the man who is alleged to be the kingpin in soccer's international match-fixing syndicate.
Tan Seet Eng, also known as Dan Tan, is being interviewed by police in Singapore while one of his associates has been arrested by police in Italy.
Earlier this year, European police released details of an 18-month investigation into match-fixing - finding a syndicate based in Singapore was working with organised criminals throughout Europe, and match-fixing had taken place in 15 countries.
Police in Singapore have been under pressure to move against Dan Tan, but now they have confirmed he is helping them with their inquires.
That was shortly after Italian police arrested an alleged associate of Dan Tan's. They have accused Slovenian Admir Sulic of "criminal association aimed at sporting fraud."
Author and investigative journalist Declan Hill says Dan Tan is believed to be at the centre of a match fixing network which stretches across four or five continents and is the subject of extensive police investigations.
"These guys are alleged to have fixed literally hundreds of international matches," Hill said.
"They are a very influential group. You know, there is evidence that they've been fixing games in my home and native country, Canada, in Latin America, Central America, Africa, Asia, right across Europe."
Hill went undercover to infiltrate a match fixing gang and learned how they avoided detection.
"They hang out with the local dodgy boys and those local criminals guys, they're the ones that actually fix the game by approaching the players, the refs and quite often corrupt team owners or coaches," he said.
This week the Chinese Football Association punished 33 players and officials for match fixing, banning them for life.
It came as the sport's governing body FIFA and global crime fighters Interpol held a special conference in Malaysia to address the issue.
The head of Interpol, Ronald Noble, has acknowledged the authorities are way behind the organised gangs.
"Twenty-first century police, prosecutors and judges of virtually every country are forced to use centuries old law, rules and practices to fight crime," Noble said.
"As a result we keep falling behind."
The chairman of the Federation of Professional Players Associations in Asia, Brendan Schwab was at the conference representing players.
He is glad to hear police are moving in on match fixing suspects.
"Well certainly they are very welcome but as we stand today, the match fixers are a couple of years ahead of the policing authorities," Schwab said.
Large betting pools on A-League games have attracted the attention of Australian police but Schwab does not think Australia is particularly vulnerable.
"It's important to qualify that the reports on the betting in A-League were erroneous so the actual spike was not as great," Schwab said.
"What is a greater concern though from Australian football's perspective is the position of the players who were playing in the countries where matches have been regularly fixed.
"I'm talking countries such as South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and even China. It is very important that the players, the Australian players in these countries are protected, that they're aware of what their rights and responsibilities are."