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SBD Global/July 25, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Russian President Vladimir Putin Signs Anti-Hooligan, Match-Fixing Bills
Published July 25, 2013
MATCH-FIXING: R-SPORT also reported Putin signed into law on Wednesday a bill that "toughens the maximum punishment for match-fixing to seven years in prison." The law "makes it an offense for athletes, coaches and sports officials from betting on their own sports and couples possible prison time with a maximum 1 million ruble ($30,000) fine for those convicted." Match-fixing "is thought to be common in Russian football." The governor of one of the World Cup host cities, Kaliningrad, last month "admitted asking his local football team to drop points because promotion would mean the club swallowing extra state subsidies" (R-SPORT, 7/24).