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FIFA to discuss enforcing stronger match-fixing sanctions

FIFA to discuss enforcing stronger match-fixing sanctions
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First Published: Mon, Apr 16 2007. 08 10 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Apr 16 2007. 08 10 AM IST
Reuters
Kolkata: FIFA is to discuss enforcing stronger measures to curb match-fixing, which could include the suspension of national associations as well as clubs, president Sepp Blatter said on 15 April.
Last year, a match-fixing scandal in Italian football ended with Juventus being stripped of their last two Serie A titles and relegated to Serie B. Other clubs were also sanctioned.
Blatter said,“There is a strong disciplinary code and our aim is to enforce the code more strongly. In short more enforcement of the law.”
On a four-day visit to India, Blatter said FIFA would be discussing match-fixing at its next Congress in May with measures set for “widespread implementation around the world.”
Violence at stadiums is also on the agenda after police clashes with fans at recent European competition matches in Rome and Seville.
“Football is not a wonderful world now, but we can all make it into a better world by working together,” Blatter said.
He added: “I don’t want a situation where there are more policemen than spectators (at stadiums).”
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First Published: Mon, Apr 16 2007. 08 10 AM IST