Football: UEFA aims to kick 'match-fixing' out of football
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Chief executive of Europe's football governing body UEFA, Gianni Infantino, said that UEFA has concluded "the match-fixing case" against Turkish team Fenerbahce during a press conference on Wednesday which was held before UEFA's 38th ordinary congress in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.
Infantino said that UEFA Discipline Committee banned Fenerbahce for two years and Besiktas for a year from European challenges. The Turkish Court of Cassation approved the penalties given to individuals, and stressed that there will not be any new sanctions for clubs involved in match-fixing.
Infantino said that they plan to instigate strict penalties such as a lifetime ban from football against those who break the law by committing acts of match-fixing and added that their aim is to kick match-fixing totally out of football.
UEFA's chief executive also said that they suspected that seven out of every 1,000 among the 32,000 matches were fixed, however, he added that there were no signs showing match-fixing at the major leagues.
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