Match-fixing biggest threat to sport

LAW enforcement and sporting bodies have labelled match-fixing as the biggest threat to Australian sport.

The Australian Institute of Criminology Corruption in Australian Sport study released on Monday offered the finding, along with the groups' warnings about the inevitable infiltration of international syndicates into Australian sport and sporting events.

The paper examined substantiated and alleged cases of corruption between 2009-13. The most prominent Australian match-fixing case the study examined was the September 2013 Victorian Premier League scandal that a number of Southern Stars FC players and staff became involved in match-fixing because of low salaries.

Six people were charged and the syndicate reportedly made $2 million.

Just three specialist sports intelligence units exist in national, state and territory law enforcement - in Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Federal Police.

The AIC found the cases studied were too few to achieve a rigorous analysis, but together indicated corruption had mostly been "home-grown".

It concluded intervention would require a flexible and protective framework which also encouraged disclosure and information sharing.

- APN NEWSDESK


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