10 May 2011

Fifa working on match fixing problems

7:16 pm on 10 May 2011

Football's world governing body FIFA pledged to donate $36 million to Interpol to help fight match-fixing after receiving a chilling warning from leading police officials about the extent of the problem.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the grant will be used to set up a dedicated anti-corruption unit in Singapore to tackle what police officials say is a low-risk, high profit form of crime.

FIFA is currently investigating two international friendlies played in Turkey in February in which seven penalties were awarded, one of them taken twice.

The six match officials involved have been suspended pending the outcome.

FIFA has already tightened the rules around the arrangement of international friendlies.

Blatter says they have already started to put processes in place to try to reduce the risk.