Russia to red-card match-fixing

2012-01-11 12:10

Moscow – Russia is to introduce a new law before parliament which would for the first time allow criminal prosecution for match-fixing in football.

A proposal from Federal Audit Chamber chairperson Sergei Stepashin received the strong support of the country’s government and the new amendments to the state law about physical culture could be introduced before the end of 2012.

There’s never been a proven instance of match-fixing in Russia, however, a set of unusual scorelines in the country’s football championship has on occasion raised suspicions among observers, officials and football experts.

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the lower house of the country’s parliament, the State Duma, had already created a group to prepare the new amendments.

“We hope the amendments will be ready for the Duma’s consideration in the first half of this year,” Mutko said.

“After that we are set to pass a new law about football before setting up the question about criminal liability for match-fixing. We will also take into consideration the international practice in this sphere.

“I believe the new law will be intact before the end of 2012,” Mutko said.

Meanwhile, the world football governing body FIFA recently issued a series of new measures to combat match-fixing, including an appeal for assistance to Interpol and the establishment of protection programmes for informants.

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