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Trio Of Former New Zealand Cricketers Under ICC Microscope For Match-Fixing
Published December 6, 2013
DARK UNDERWORLD: In Sydney, Malcolm Conn wrote the "history, tradition and pulling power of Ashes contests camouflages the fragile state of cricket in most other countries and the sorry state of its administration." Then "there is the game's dark underworld, which continues inducing players into match and spot fixing despite the many millions of dollars spent over the years on the International Cricket Council's largely invisible anti-corruption unit." Former London Police Chief Paul Condon identified India as "the engine room of match-fixing and betting in his inaugural report 13 years ago." Yet the tentacles "stretch everywhere" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 12/6).
TENNIS MATCH-FIXING: In Melbourne, Kate McClymont reported "the possibility of match-fixing" on the int'l women's tennis circuit "has been raised via telephone intercepts played at a police corruption inquiry." The New South Wales Police Integrity Commission played a call made on Jan. 30 in which a former Australian tennis professional rang one of the nation's largest punters, Steve Fletcher, telling him there is a ''rort in tennis." The former player, whose name was suppressed by the inquiry, "wanted Fletcher to wager on a women's doubles match at the Pattaya Open in Thailand" (THE AGE, 12/6).
BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT: INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL reported one of football's most infamous match-fixing scandals "is back in the spotlight" with the retrial in Bochum, Germany, of notorious kingpin Ante Sapina, accused of "being part of an international match-fixing network that shocked the game's authorities." Two years ago, Sapina and an accomplice were jailed for five-and-a-half years after "being found guilty of rigging over 20 matches." The case "was one of the first of its kind to reveal the extent of the influence of Asia's illegal gambling dens" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 12/5).