FIFA, match-fixing, Interpol, Coca Cola

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 06:32 hrs

The head of Interpol has said match-fixing in football generates 'billions of euros per year' around the world.

Secretary General Ronald Noble said revenues from illegal betting were 'on the same scale as a Coca-Cola company'.

Noble was speaking in Rome at a conference with the world football governing body Fifa on how to deal with the issue.

According to the BBC, both sides talked about the need for educating those vulnerable to the pressure of the fixers.

Noble said that criminal networks were not only benefiting from the profits of match-fixing, but were also able to launder their illegally earned cash, the report said.

He said that although football in the North American nation was a very minor sport run by volunteers, even there players were often approached to fix games.

Echoing Noble's words, Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke stressed that the only way to tackle the issue was from the bottom up, starting with youngsters.

This is the first time that Interpol and Fifa have combined to organise a forum on the menace of match-fixing, the report said.

Some 200 delegates from 50 countries are attending the two-day conference, the report added. (ANI)

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