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Sports minister rejects calls for match-fixing investigation

Thursday 31 May 2012

Claims that match-fixing in Dutch football is widespread should be investigated by the football association, not the government, sports minister Edith Schippers told MPs on Thursday.

Labour MPs had called for an investigation following claims in magazine Voetbal International about match-fixing and illegal gambling. They claim the Netherlands is the only country in Europe where match-fixing is not being researched.

Schippers told parliament she 'cannot say definitely' that players from poorer countries are not being used to fix matches, but said she is not aware of any cases, website nu.nl reported.

Voetbal International journalists Iwan van Duren and Tom Knipping were quoted as saying earlier by radio station BNR they are convinced matches are being manipulated by international gambling syndicates.

They point out that Dutch national Paul R is considered a key figure in a German match-fixing scandal.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Voetbal International journalists say they "are convinced" that match fixing goes on in NL.
If they are convinced then I'm guessing they have proof.If so they should hand it to the authorities.
They point out that a Dutchman was involved in a German match fixing scandal.
That doesn't prove the allegation they have made!

By Donaugh | 1 June 2012 10:50 AM

"Schippers told parliament she 'cannot say definitely' that players from poorer countries are not being used to fix matches".
I don't have enough background on this story to know where this comment is coming from, but in a vacuum, it is patronizing and racist. Do you think people from less poor countries are immune to corruption? You just have to read the news to see how much corruption there is in the so-called first world.

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By Iury | 15 June 2012 10:52 AM

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