Football Authorities Call for Tougher Anti-Match-Fixing Laws
Footballs authorities have promised to eradicated the “cancer” of match-fixing and have called for tougher laws in order to combat the criminal syndicates responsible.
The director of security for FIFA, Ralf Mutschke, told an Interpol gathering that the organisation had “zero tolerance” policy but it needed support from “the right policies for law enforcement and the football community.”
Mutschke said, “We are banning players and referees for life but criminals are out there free, they get no sentence. That’s wrong”. He went on to say that “many countries do not have laws to fight match manipulation.” As an example Mutschke cited the acquittal of three players in Switzerland who were accused of committing fraud by throwing games where the judge said there was no obvious victim.
At present FIFA is working with the Council of Europe to draft legislation and hopes that it will be adopted across the continent.
Furthermore, around 150 delegates from Asian football associations, player and referee representatives and government agencies are meeting in Malaysia, home of the Asian Football Confederation.
The AFC’s acting president Zhang Jilong said, “We are ready to work hand-in-hand to eradicate this cancer from the game. AFC will not rest until this plague is completely stamped out in Asia”.