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Football: Indian clubs report approaches to fix league matches

Published on Jan 21, 2014 6:27 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - A Malaysian betting syndicate approached an Indian club to fix I-League matches last season, a top official said on Tuesday, prompting the country's football federation to take the first step towards setting up an anti-corruption unit.

The clubs reported approaches at last week's Fifa-Interpol Integrity in Sport Workshop in New Delhi, and All India Football Federation (AIFF) vice-president Subrata Dutta called it a genuine concern.

"Of course it is (a concern). Otherwise why would Fifa send Interpol here and spend so much money to educate us on how to tackle match-fixing, betting and other corruption?" he told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"When Fifa is taking it so seriously, certainly it's a matter of concern and AIFF would look into it seriously.

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