FIFA chief Blatter vows life bans for match-fixers

AFP, Sunday 10 Jul 2011

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has vowed a life ban for any players, coaches or referees implicated in match-fixing or irregular betting

Sepp Blatter
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (Photo: Reuters)

"The solution we have is to suspend all these people for life, whether they be players, coaches or referees," said FIFA president Sepp Blatter, speaking as the under-17 World Cup came to a close on Sunday.

FIFA security head Chris Eaton has this week been investigating a possible fixed match in El Salvador, one of Mexico's central American neighbours.

"It's very delicate and very worrying for FIFA, the various reports we've received and continue to receive on both illegal betting and fixed matches," Blatter said.

"We have to act strongly," he said, adding that the problems are global.

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