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Football: More Malaysian players fined for match-fixing

Malaysia's football association has fined 17 more players for match-fixing, reports said Tuesday, in a widening scandal highlighting persistent corruption in the country's leagues. In December, five players on Kuala Lumpur's squad and three officials were fined and banned for life in the scandal, but the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) let their 17 teammates off with mere fines on Monday, saying they were threatened by bookies to cheat.

Football: Fenerbahce boss vows to fight match-fixing verdict

The head of Turkish football giant Fenerbahce plans to take his fight against a jail sentence for match-fixing to the highest court in the land after he lost an appeal, his lawyer said Wednesday. Club chairman Aziz Yildirim returned home to Turkey on Tuesday in defiant mood after the Supreme Court of Appeals last week confirmed a prison term of six years and three months against him. "It is a wrong decision," one of his lawyers told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that Yildirim did not plan to go to jail any time soon.

Governments must do more to fight fixing, say FIFA

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Footballers who take part in match-manipulation risk losing their careers if caught but those who induce the players and set up the fix do so at almost no risk to themselves, according to FIFA's head of security Ralf Mutschke. In the last few years, dozens of players have been banned, many for life, for trying to manipulate matches, often driven to do so in desperation after months of not being paid at all by cash-strapped clubs.

Football: Hong Kong arrests nine over possible match-fixing

Nine people have been arrested over alleged match-fixing in multiple football fixtures in Hong Kong, the city's anti-corruption watchdog said Tuesday. "Nine persons, including professional football players, were arrested for alleged bribery in rigging the results of football matches involving a local football club," the Independent Commission Against Corruption said in a statement released late Tuesday, without specifying names of the players or the club.

Tennis: Spain's Olaso handed five-year match fixing ban

Spain's world number 236 Guillermo Olaso was banned for five years and fined $25,000 on Monday after being found guilty of match-fixing. The 25-year-old from Bilbao, who plays on the lower level Challenger and Futures circuits, was sanctioned on three charges under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (UTACP). A spokesman for the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said that all the offences took place in 2010.

Football: Fixing not widespread in England - FA

English football's governing body insisted Tuesday that match-fixing was not widespread, as chiefs from major sports held talks with the government on tackling the problem together. However, Football Association general secretary Alex Horne warned against complacency after discussions with representatives from cricket, horse racing and the two rugby codes. The swiftly-arranged meeting comes after a series of arrests relating to English football.

Football: Three held over new claims of match-fixing in English football

Three people were arrested on Sunday following fresh allegations of match-fixing at English non-league games, Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said. The Sun on Sunday tabloid reported boasts by an ex-player that he arranged for a Championship player to be paid £30,000 ($49,000, 36,000 euros) to get himself a yellow card. Gamblers can make huge sums by betting on incidents such as yellow or red cards, penalties, late goals and corner kicks.

Football: Three held over new claims of match-fixing in English football

Three people were arrested on Sunday following fresh allegations of match-fixing at English non-league games, Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said. The Sun on Sunday tabloid reported boasts by an ex-player that he arranged for a Championship player to be paid £30,000 ($49,000, 36,000 euros) to get himself a yellow card. Gamblers can make huge sums by betting on incidents such as yellow or red cards, penalties, late goals and corner kicks.

Two English lower league players charged over match-fixing

LONDON (Reuters) - Two players from an English sixth tier semi-professional team have become the latest to be charged as part of an investigation into soccer match-fixing, British police said on Thursday. Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22 and from Whitehawk FC in Brighton, were charged with conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law and have been bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court next Wednesday.

Fight against corruption in sport to be headline debate at Doha GOALS 2013

LONDON, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Ronald Flanagan, Chairman of the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit, and Cherie Blair, Chair of Omnia Strategy (UK), will be part of an expert panel discussing corruption in sport at Doha GOALS 2013, a press release said here on Wednesday. The debate will take place on the second day of the global Forum, which is the world's leading platform focusing on sport as a driver of social and economic change, held on December 9-11 at the Aspire Academy in Doha.
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