FIFA on match fixing

FIFA recently outlined plans to curb the prevalence of match fixing, says new security director, Ralf Mutschke.

On the sidelines of the recent match fixing workshop organized by Cosafa and Interpol in Johannesburg he said initiatives aimed at halting the prevalence of corruption in the sport included the introduction of a service that would allow the stakeholders to blow the whistle on incidents around the throwing of matches.

“This will be launched next month. It is one of a number of initiatives that will see FIFA enlarge its pool of resources to fight the scourge of corruption in the game. We need to establish ways to protect the integrity of the sport,” said Mtschke.

Cosafa and Interpol organised the anti-matchfixing workshop amid fears of such incidents at two Cosafa members, South African and Zimbabwe Football Associations.

It is alleged some Zimbabwean players and administrators received money to influence the outcome of matches during the national team’s tour to Asia in recent years.

Safa has also been subject to a probe after reports some of the matches the country’s national team played ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup were fixed.

“We are waiting for the two associations to conclude their investigations. Fifa will only come in when they have been supplied with the outcomes of the exercise,” Mutschke said.

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  1. Mark Johnson

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