09 May '11, 8pm

Football: FIFA, Interpol to curb illicit betting

Football: FIFA, Interpol to curb illicit betting

ZURICH: World football's governing body FIFA said Monday that it would fund an Interpol training programme to help tackle match fixing and irregular betting thought to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. "The threat of match-fixing in sport is a major one, and we are committed to doing everything in our power to tackle this threat," said FIFA president Sepp Blatter in a statement after a meeting with Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble. FIFA also announced that it would add an investigation task force to its betting monitoring unit, bringing it close to practice at European football's governing body UEFA. "Joint work with the authorities and with Interpol is crucial for success," Blatter said, vowing zero tolerance and underlining the need for preventive measures. Senior sports officials have repeatedly warned that they cannot tackle illegal betting, which is oft...

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