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EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: A man said to be the Australian boss of an international match-fixing syndicate has appeared in a Melbourne court charged with rigging at least five soccer matches in Victoria. "Gerry" Gsubramaniam is one of six people associated with the Southern Stars club facing match-fixing charges. It's alleged he helped players and the stars' coach fix Victorian Premier League matches, allowing syndicate bosses in Asia and Europe to make at least $2 million through strategically placed bets. From Melbourne, Danny Morgan reports.

DANNY MORGAN, REPORTER: Police described 45-year-old "Gerry" Gsubramanian as the Australian-based big wig of an international match-fixing syndicate. They told a bail hearing the Malaysian national instructed the Southern Stars coach and at least four players to rig five games on behalf of known match fixers in Malaysia and Hungary. The revelations have shocked the club's rivals.

WOLFGANG SMOGER, RICHMOND SOCCER CLUB PRESIDENT: I hadn't even heard of people betting on our game.

DANNY MORGAN: The Southern Stars' nil-all draw against Richmond on Friday night is one of the matches under the microscope. It's alleged police phone taps caught syndicate members discussing bets of up to $150,000 on the match.

WOLFGANG SMOGER: If you would've seen the game, while it was not of high standard, you would never have thought that that was a team who tries to throw a result or a game.

DANNY MORGAN: The club is on the bottom of the Victorian Premier League, despite recruiting a number of professionals from Europe.

Police told the court some of those charged have already made admissions. It's possible more players will be charged.

The club has released a statement saying, "No-one from the committee is involved in any way," and that they, "... had no idea this was going on," because, "The club is run by honest hard working volunteers."

The scandal has prompted talk of legislative change.

DENIS NAPTHINE, VICTORIAN PREMIER: So that the police are able to pass on relevant information to sporting authorities and sporting bodies to make sure they can conduct their own integrity checks.

TONY ABBOTT, PRIME MINISTER-ELECT: If there's anything that the Government should do, we'll do it.

DANNY MORGAN: The court heard "Gerry" Gsubramanian had been booked on an international flight out of Melbourne tonight, but he remains in custody ahead of another hearing with his co-accused on Friday.

Danny Morgan, ABC News, Lateline.