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Platini: European sports police needed

UEFA president Michel Platini has renewed calls for a Europe-wide sports police force to be created.

The Frenchman has previously encouraged a tougher stance on offences such as match-fixing, doping and hooliganism in the European game.

And, speaking at a UEFA congress held in London, Platini has again urged a rethink on football’s relationship with the law.

“There has been no response to those calls so far. Given the absence of any reaction and the lack of awareness on the part of politicians, I renew that call today,” he said.

“And if, by misfortune, this call again falls on deaf ears, I ask that each country, at the very least, adopts specific provisions of national legislation addressing the issue of match-fixing, in order to finally have the legal tools necessary to rigourously punish these cheats.

“Thus far, only around 10 of our 53 countries have provisions of this kind in their legislative arsenal. That’s not many, and not enough.”

Fri 24 May, 2013
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