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Football: Fifa chief Blatter says it is impossible to stop cheats

Published on Feb 7, 2013 9:53 PM
 
Fifa President Sepp Blatter speaks during the Fifa Ballon d'Or 2012 soccer awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on Jan 7, 2013. Mr Blatter said on Thursday, Feb 7, 2013, that cheats would always exist in the sport and it would be impossible to stop them, after revelations of a global match-fixing scandal this week. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (REUTERS) - The head of world football governing body Fifa said on Thursday that cheats would always exist in the sport and it would be impossible to stop them, after revelations of a global match-fixing scandal this week.

European police revealed on Monday that about 680 suspicious matches, including qualifiers for the World Cup and European championship and the Champions League, had been identified in a match-fixing inquiry.

"We are in a game and in a game there are always cheats. The cheats will never be stopped," Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, told a news conference in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

Blatter is on a four-nation tour of Africa before Sunday's African Nations Cup final in South Africa.

 
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