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Australia to act tough on fixers

Australia is considering stiff penalties of upto 10 years in jail for anybody involved in match-fixing and corruption in sport, sports minister Mark Arbib said on Friday.

cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2011 23:56 IST

Australia is considering stiff penalties of upto 10 years in jail for anybody involved in match-fixing and corruption in sport, sports minister Mark Arbib said on Friday.

Arbib has been working with state ministers to deal with gambling-related corruption, a problem highlighted by last year's spot-fixing scandal involving Pakistan cricketers.

"We want to make sure that we do everything possible to send a message to those who want to be involved in match-fixing that there will be jail time, and it won't be a light punishment," he told ABC radio.

"What we're doing now is we''re focused on people who intend to manipulate sport for profit through illegal activities.

There have been few cases of corruption in Australian sport but gambling, which was worth A$2.8 billion ($2.99bn) in 2008, is a major growth industry.