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Football: Uefa demands heavy sanctions for match-fixing

Published on Mar 27, 2014 7:27 PM

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AFP) - European football's governing body Uefa on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution calling for "heavy sanctions" for those involved in match-fixing.

Uefa's 54 member associations, meeting in Astana, adopted an 11-point resolution aiming to impose standard punishments across Europe.

Uefa has called for all countries to make "sports fraud" a crime and for wider powers to impose life bans on players, referees and officials implicated in match-fixing.

"We are requesting that Uefa's member associations align themselves with Uefa - and have our full support - in order to tackle this scourge, which is a real threat to the soul of our sport," said Uefa president Michel Platini as the vote was taken.

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