Govt: Match-fixing not widespread in Dutch sport

Published Sep. 3, 2013 11:25 a.m. ET

A government report says match-fixing is present in Dutch sports, but is not a widespread problem.

Four percent of 732 sportspeople who filled in a questionnaire compiled by the report's authors said they had been personally approached about fixing a match.

The results show ''match-fixing is not present on a large scale in the Netherlands but it is a problem,'' says the report, published on Tuesday.

Sports Minister Edith Schippers says in a letter to Parliament that the government will draw up a ''policy reaction'' to the report shortly.

The report is based on a government-commissioned probe carried out by researchers from universities in Amsterdam and Tilburg and forensic researchers from Ernst & Young. It focused on football, tennis, horse racing, basketball and boxing.