Only a small percentage of football games fixed, says Sepp Blatter

Blatter is on a four-country tour of Africa ahead of Sunday's African Cup of Nations final in South Africa and also played down the extent of corruption in football in visits to Mauritania and Guinea.

updated: February 09, 2013 20:19 IST
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Gaborone, Botswana: Match-fixing affects only a tiny percentage of football games across the world and the sport is "so big, we will overcome," FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Saturday, playing down the European Union police agency's damaging report into corruption.

Speaking in Botswana after Europol said Monday that nearly 700 recent games have or may have been fixed, the head of world football insisted more than a million matches a year were clean.

"Football is so big, we will overcome," Blatter said in Gaborone. "It (match-fixing) is a small percentage. Football will not die."

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