Fifa launch anti-match fixing scheme
Fifa have unveiled a new £17.5 million plan to fight match fixing and illegal betting in football.
The scheme has been launched in conjunction with Interpol and the money will fund a 10-year programme designed to help educate players, referees and officials, with an anti-corruption training wing set to be developed at Interpol's Singapore offices. Asian betting syndicates are of particular concern to Fifa, with the organisation believing that some recent international matches have been arranged by fixers solely for the purpose of betting scams.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter said of the new scheme: “In the fight against illegal betting and match-fixing, the preventive measures that can be taken and the protection of the players and the integrity of the game are of the utmost importance. Joint work with the authorities and with Interpol is crucial for success, and for this reason we are very pleased to announce this contribution.”