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FIFA to crackdown on match fixing

As much as the national game has in the past cracked down on footballers and individuals who have been proven to be involved in irregular betting scandals, match-fixing has dominated headlines in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Finland and South Korea was also targeted, along with a handful of international friendlies last year.

FIFA in its efforts to clean up the game is set to offer a plea-bargaining amnesty for three months to encourage those owning up to their involvement in match-fixing.

“Players are living in fear in many countries,” Head of security Chris Eaton said, according to the Associated Press.

“If they come forward and have valuable information...­they will be protected. I have that commitment from FIFA.”

Eaton stated more players such as Simone Farina, who plays for Italian Serie B club Gubbio who alerted authorities in November that he offered Eur200,000 to fix an Italian Cup match between his club and Cesena should come forward.

The governing body has promised to protect witnesses who report match-fixing as it looks to stamp out corruption in the game.

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