Wednesday 17 October 2018

Former GAA president Sean Kelly issues stark warning on dangers of match-fixing

MEP Sean Kelly. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
MEP Sean Kelly. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE Newsdesk Newsdesk

More than 12pc of athletes have played in a match that was fixed, while nearly 15pc suspect they have, according to the findings of a European survey published by researchers at University of Limerick (UL).

The survey, with more than 600 participants across six member states, reported that nearly 15pc of respondents had been asked to fix a match within the last year.

The findings of ‘Fix the Fixing: Proactive Quelling of Sports Events Manipulation project were launched nationally at UL by Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly (right) .

“Match-fixing is an international phenomenon often linked to criminal networks.

“Ireland is not immune to this threat which has rocked the very foundations on which sport is based. The European Commission has been actively developing initiatives to combat match-fixing; if we fail to act, sport viewership, spectatorship and participation are all at risk ,” said the former GAA president.

Sport Ireland’s director of participation and ethics Dr Una May said: “Maintaining the positive values in sport, including integrity, is fundamental to increasing future participation.”

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