Vladimir Putin to submit law against match-fixing in football: Report

Vladimir Putin's new bill enforces the law to criminally charge anyone who is found guilty of match-fixing in football.

updated: November 02, 2012 14:59 IST
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Moscow: President Vladimir Putin is to introduce a bill into Russia's parliament that would foresee jail terms up to seven years for match-fixing ahead of its hosting of the Olympics and the World Cup, a report said on Friday.

The bill is a sign of how seriously the Russian authorities take corruption in sport as the world's attention turns more closely to its domestic football and other sports ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2018 World Cup.

The Vedomosti daily said that the law would formally establish a criminal offence for seeking to influence the result of a game by bribing participants or receiving a bribe to do so.

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