UEFA Platini aims crackdown on soccer betting

September 23, 2008 | Filed Under: Blog 

EU to bolster UEFA crackdown on soccer betting: Platini

Football's governing body UEFA chief Michel Platini, seen here in July 2008, said Monday the European union is to bolster the efforts of European football's governing body to crack down on betting in football. 


PARIS (AFP) – UEFA president Michel Platini said Monday the European union is to bolster the efforts of European football’s governing body to hit down on betting in the football world.

“We are going to reinforce our activities regarding betting and bolster our inspectors,” Platini said in an interview for Tuesday publication with French newspaper Dauphine Libere.

“We already have an early warning system, which tells us there is some kind of irregularity surrounding a match. From there, we investigate. We have had an inquiry into some 15 or 16 matches – 14 cases resolved and there was a problem with one or two. We’re looking into those a little more closely,” said Platini.

“We must be vigilant. If matches are being bought then what is the point of playing football? it’s not the act of betting on (football) which annoys me but that one should buy off a player to throw games.

“If I come across players who have done that they will be banned for life, we will not yield on that. Zero tolerance, as for racism and hooliganism.

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