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New system recommended in the battle against corruption in sports betting

A government review launched on the back of high-profile match fixings allegations is set to recommend a single unit dedicated to investigating corruption within sports betting.

The review panel led by former Liverpool FC chief executive Rick Parry is to deliver its recommendation to British sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe before the end of the year. It is expected that Parry will recommend that a single integrity unit with investigative powers is the only appropriate response to the growing threat.

Some sports, including football and horse racing, have set up their own units to fight corruption, and those sports will need to be convinced that the new single system is significantly improved on their own before committing to the new set up.

The issue has been made a top priority within football, with UEFA chairman Michel Platini, setting up an integrity unit designed to monitor betting patterns across European football. Last month, 17 people were arrested after more than 200 games across nine countries were implicated in the biggest match-fixing scandal to hit European football.

The new UK-based unit is expected to work alongside the international bodies if it is given the go ahead in 2010.

Reece Brown
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