Blatter: Match fixing 'small'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is confident that the problem of match-fixing worldwide will soon be overcome.

Last Updated: 09/02/13 at 14:30 Post Comment

Sepp Blatter: "Football will not die"

Sepp Blatter: "Football will not die"

Blatter played down the recent Europol investigation which claimed that 680 games over the last 18 months were suspected to be fixed.

The list included World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games, but Blatter insisted illegal betting scams will soon be a thing of the past.

Speaking in Botswana during his tour of Africa ahead of Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final, Blatter said: "Football is so big, we will overcome. Match-fixing is a small percentage. Football will not die.

"Most of the matches which Europol put in this tray, 600 or 800, have already been analysed, dealt with and even were at court.

"We're fighting against that. Because if the matches are fixed there's no more interest in going to watch football."

Blatter is adamant that racism is a bigger problem than match-fixing, and FIFA is currently discussing appropriate punishments if players or supporters are found guilty of racism.

"We can also explore deducting points," he added. "If it is a knockout competition, it will mean that we must kick out the team."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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