Platini: Europe must criminalize match-fixing
UEFA President Michel Platini says football authorities can't stop the spread of match-fixing on their own and called on all European countries to make sports fraud a criminal offense.
Platini told the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday that the sports movement itself is overwhelmed when faced with criminal gangs fixing matches for multimillion profit.
He called the spread of match-fixing ''alarming'' because it has proved impossible so far to contain it with sporting sanctions alone. Platini said that ''these initiatives do not suffice'' when faced with criminal organizations and wants a global crime-busting approach to counter it.