Football: Fifa chief Blatter says it is impossible to stop cheats
Published on Feb 7, 2013 9:53 PM
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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