x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Uefa plan to fight betting

Football's European governing body is planning an anti-corruption network aimed at tackling match-fixing and illegal betting.

BORDEAUX // Uefa, the governing body for the sport in Europe, are planning an anti-corruption network aimed at tackling match-fixing and illegal betting on the continent. They are to set up a six-man investigation unit to look into corruption in their competitions. There are 15 matches from last season and 10 Intertoto Cup and Uefa Cup qualifiers this season under investigation. The Uefa general secretary David Taylor said he wanted the network to be spread across Europe.

"We will be setting up a unit to look into situations reported to us," he said. "We will not allow our sport to be destabilised by those who wish to manipulate it for their own monetary gains. "We are employing extra people and strengthening our early warning systems to fight the war against illegal betting and corruption." Taylor said talks would be held with national associations to plan the unit.

Uefa have approved an expansion of the European Championship from 16 to 24 teams from 2016. * PA Sport