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SBD Global/September 13, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Football League Details Threat Of Match-Fixing In Letter To State Government

The Australian Football League "has warned the State Government that Asian match-fixing syndicates could infiltrate the league," according to Stephen Drill of the HERALD SUN. In a bid to protect the game from int'l crime gangs, the AFL "wants new laws introduced so that its integrity officers can gain access to police intelligence." In a letter to Sports Minister Hugh Delahunty, AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou "described the threat of international match-fixing as 'dire.''' AFL spokesperson Patrick Keane said that the league "had written to every state government asking them to support legislative changes to allow police to share information." Premier Denis Napthine wrote to the Federal Government this year "to ­support the request for authorised bodies, which could include the AFL’s Integrity Unit, to have access to police telephone intercept information." He wrote, "The legislative change should ensure Victoria Police is permitted to share any intelligence in its possession, such as information from telephone intercepts. This would include information that relates to match fixing, improper betting, doping, other forms of corruption" (HERALD SUN, 9/13).
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