Match-fixing in football like doping is to other sports, says Zwanziger

The former DFB president fears match-fixing is as big of a problem in football as the use of performance ehancing drugs is in other sports
Fifa Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger has warned against the dangers of match-fixing in football and believes the problem is as widespread as doping is in other sports.

Interpol revealed in September 2014 that between 60 and 80 countries had reported allegations of match-fixing for each of the three previous years and Zwanziger outlined the difficult battle against cheating ahead.

"Is match-fixing a similar disease in football as doping is in other sports? Yes, I would agree with this statement," the former DFB boss was quoted as saying by Bild.

"Even if there are early warning systems in place now and several other measures against match-fixing.

"A player who earns good money in the Bundesliga will not influence the result of a game for €5000, but the real danger is in amateur football.

"What can we do about it when illegal bookies allow people to place bets on games in the fifth tier? Football is quite vulnerable in that area."

John Abbott, who is leading the Interpol-Fifa initiative set up to fight the crime, previously stressed that match-fixing has become a global issue over the past few years, with criminal gangs across the world cashing in on the game.

"We have evidence of organised crime groups in China, Russia, the Balkans, the United States and Italy making substantial money."