Europe’s match-fix­ing prob­lem high­lighted by play­ers’ sur­vey

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LON­DON: Euro­pean soc­cer’s chal­lenge in erad­i­cat­ing match-fix­ing has been high­lighted by a large num­ber of play­ers in Cyprus and Malta telling the world play­ers’ union that they have been ap­proached to fix games.

FIFPro says 40.5 per­cent of the 235 re­spon­dents to its player sur­vey from Cyprus re­ported be­ing aware of fix­ing in their league and 18.6 per­cent said they had been ap­proached to fix a game.

FIFPro re­ceived re­sponses from 112 play­ers in Malta, with 18.2 per­cent of play­ers say­ing they were aware of fix­ing and 15.5 per­cent re­port­ing be­ing ap­proached to fix a match.

UEFA Pres­i­dent Alek­sander Ce­ferin said that, “match fix­ing is killing the game,” and said, “we haven’t done enough” to clean up the game.

The global sur­vey of play­ers by FIFPAro lacked re­sponses from soc­cer’s big­gest leagues in Eng­land, Spain and Germany or Asia.

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