Cyprus: Cyprus to draft strict new legislations to fight football corruption

Cyprus has set up a legislative committee to draft new strict legislations to fight corruption in football and also beefed up a special police unit to investigate match fixing reports, Justice Minister George Savvides said on Wednesday.

“The task of cleaning the scum in football is not the easy one, but the beginning of the tangle has been found,” Savvides told the state broadcaster after the first court case for match fixing has been filed.

Savvides presided over a meeting of party and sports officials on Tuesday when he agreed on the need of new sports related legislation.

“The meeting was a success. The government and all the political parties share the common goal of rooting out match-fixing and corruption in football. I will meet again with party leaders in two months to review progress,” Savvides said.

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