21 Feb 2013

Fearful footballers need support in fight against match-fixing

7:26 am on 21 February 2013

The head of Asian football's Players' Union says fearful footballers need better protection, education and a trusting environment before they can aid whistleblowing against match-fixing.

The Asian Football Federation and Interpol are jointly hosting a two day conference in Kuala Lumpur in the wake of European police revelations earlier this month that a Singapore-based syndicate directed match-fixing for at least 380 soccer games in Europe.

The Players Union chairman Brendan Schwab says players have become pawns used by fearless crime syndicates who are a major barrier for possible player confessions.