European Union sports ministers and European sports authorities meeting in Cyprus called for "effective and sustained action" to stamp out game-fixing but acknowledged that finding proof that
players deliberately made mistakes or underperformed isn't easy. Read the original story...
"This is the biggest threat to the integrity of sports today," said Androulla
Vassiliou, the European Union commissioner responsible for sports. "If we do not protect it, the soul of sport will be destroyed."
The problem of match-fixing has escalated with
the advent of online betting and is not limited to soccer. But prosecuting game-fixing cases is tricky.
"When an early warning system shows high probability that a match was fixed, it may
often not be accepted as material evidence for a prosecution," a report by EU-commissioned consultants KEA said.