Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill to parliament containing a number of strict measures aimed at eliminating the threat of match-fixing.
Russian football has been dogged by persistent allegations of match-fixing, although many are never upheld by the authorities. The RIA Novosti news agency reports that the bill comprises a set of amendments to the law ‘On Physical Culture and Sport in the Russian Federation.’
The bill proposes that sports federations that fail to ban athletes or team officials suspected of taking bribes, or fail to report fixing cases to the police, will be dissolved. Those with the means to directly influence a result, such as players and coaches, would be banned from placing any bets on their sport. Meanwhile betting operators will be obliged to only pay out winnings to people who show identification, which will be logged for tax-identification purposes, while large pay outs on outside bets would be reported to the police.
Bills must pass three readings in Russia’s lower house of parliament before they go to the upper house for approval and proceed to the president for signing into law.