Michel Platini is delighted that another major political body has vowed to eradicate the problem from the sport.UEFA has received a considerable boost in its fight against match fixing after the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for joint action against illegal betting.
The resolution calls for cross-border cooperation between sports organizations and public bodies into the area of online betting, with the MEPs recommending that betting fraud be penalized as a criminal offense throughout Europe.
The European Parliament wants the recognition of a sport organization's property rights through a financial return from betting companies to the competitions. UEFA believes that this law will lead to "more transparency, better monitoring and control mechanisms" and will ultimately prevent money laundering through betting.
"I am delighted with this report and would like to congratulate the European Parliament for standing firmly on UEFA’s side and against the criminal powers that orchestrate match fixing in Europe," UEFA president Michel Platini said in a press release.
"Through working together we can put a stop to the biggest threat facing the future of sport in Europe."
The European Parliament is the latest political body to join UEFA in its fight against match fixing, after the Council of Europe approved in September a recommendation on eradicating the problem from football.