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Football: New unit in Spanish football to combat organised crime

Published on Jan 16, 2014 7:28 PM

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - The head of a new Spanish football anti-corruption unit, Manuel Quintanar, says his target is to fight the growing threat of organised crime in the game.

He was this week appointed director-general of a new league integrity department, as the Spanish government and the football league attempt to combat the spread of bribery and illegal betting on matches.

"At a European level from Uefa they have been informed by Fifa of the enormous worry that exists over what is taking place," Quintanar told Spanish newspaper Marca.

"It involves the mafia to an extent who have found a new way to make illegal business through professional sport. Against this problem we cannot be half-hearted and we are trying to improve our attitude towards this.

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