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AFC chief wants match-fixing ´plague´ stamped out

Asian Football Confederation chief Zhang Jilong has warned that match-fixing is a ‘real danger to the sanctity of the sport’.

Asian Football Confederation chief Zhang Jilong has warned that match-fixing is a ‘real danger to the sanctity of the sport’.

Addressing a conference on Wednesday co-hosted by Interpol and FIFA, the acting AFC chief called on the stakeholders of Asian football to work closely with each other to address major concerns of match-fixing in football.

The two-day seminar entitled ‘Match-fixing: The ugly side of the beautiful game’, a co-operative endeavour with FIFA, the AFC and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, began with over 150 delegates representing over 40 AFC member associations, law enforcement personnel, and betting industry interests in attendance.

Jilong has vowed to ensure match-fixing is eliminated from Asia.

“It is well known that AFC has zero tolerance for match-fixing,” Jilong stated. “We have been working together with FIFA and our member associations to tackle this serious problem for some time now.

“We need to admit that match-fixing is a real danger to football’s ethical values and needs to be eliminated to preserve the sanctity of the sport.

“I can assure this conference that AFC will not rest until this plague is completely stamped out in Asia.”

Jilong also stressed the confederation will provide assistance in educating the stakeholders of Asian football on the seriousness of match fixing.

“The AFC will educate the players, officials and all stakeholders on raising awareness about this serious issue,” he said.

“We need to understand how match-fixing works in order to prevent it. We need more information on how crime syndicates operate.”

Wed 20 February, 2013
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