FIFA puts match fixing front and center at Zurich conference

Apr 5, 2013 |
Early Warning System (EWS) -- a FIFA-founded organization that is tasked with protecting the integrity of soccer and minimizing the negative impact of sports betting -- will host its third congress in Zurich on Friday called, Sports, Business and Ethics - a Situation Analysis.

FIFA head of security Ralf Mustchke will address the topic of sports betting with Interpol assistant director of integrity of sport Michaela Ragg.

According to a release on FIFA's website EWS, works closely with over 400 betting operators and gaming regulators to protect soccer matches in FIFA competitions by monitoring and analysing the international sports betting market. EWS monitored 800 games in 2011 and 1500 in 2012.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and EWS CEO Urs Scherrer will open the conference .

"We're looking forward to lively discussion and productive round table sessions on Friday that will hopefully lead to concrete solutions," says Scherrer in a news story on FIFA's official website.

In his book The Fix, author Declan Hill reported that the Brazil vs. Ghana match in the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup was manipulated.

Hill has written on his blog that Dan Tan, a Singaporean businessman, is running a crime syndicate that made millions of dollars betting on rigged Italian soccer matches. Hill argues that Tan --who is still at large despite Interpol declaring on Nov. 28, 2012 that there would be "arrests imminently in Singapore" --  must be arrested to help end match-fixing in the sport.

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