Match-fixing & illegal betting happens all over the world & we aim to act rigorously - Fifa president Sepp Blatter

The Swiss has admitted that criminal involvement in the game is a growing worry globally, adding that, alongside Interpol, he will do his utmost to fight against illegal activities
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has revealed the presence of match-fixing and illegal betting around the footballing world and admits that he will fight rigorously, alongside Interpol, to combat illegal activities.

Both the Italian and Turkish game have come under scrutiny following match-fixing scandals in the past, much to the dismay of Blatter, who admits he will suspend anyone found guilty that's involved within football.

"These things happen all over the world and the aim is to act rigorously," he said. "The police can put people in jail and we can suspend the players, coaches and referees involved in these affairs for life.

"We also need member associations to assist with investigations because the credibility of football is at stake.

"It’s a very delicate issue that’s causing Fifa great concern. That’s why we have started to work with Interpol, as the Fifa Statutes have no jurisdiction over national criminal law.

"We need the help of governments and their courts, but we also need a police investigation, which is why we’re working with Interpol."

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