Professional footballers in Singapore are now required to take polygraph tests and answer questions about match fixing and corruption in the sport.
Winston Lee, the general secretary of the Singapore Football Association, said this week that lie detectors are a major deterrent to criminal activity.
‘We have taken a very strong stand against match-fixing,’Lee said, ‘and we are quite happy that it is working.’
The World Players’ Union FIFPro opposes compulsory polygraph testing. It criticized Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv for requiring the tests as a way to deal with match-fixing concerns.
In Singapore, Lee said random testing started in 2001 but regular polygraph sessions are now compulsory for all players.