Australia takes hard line on match-fixing
Australia's sports minister has welcomed federal and state agreement on nationally-consisent laws for match-fixing which include jail terms up to 10 years.cricket Updated: Nov 20, 2011 09:05 IST
Australia's sports minister has welcomed federal and state agreement on nationally-consisent laws for match-fixing which include jail terms up to 10 years.
Sports minister Mark Arbib on Friday said "the introduction of specific match-fixing offenses will send the message to anyone seeking to corrupt sport that we are serious and we won't tolerate that behavior."
"We want to make sure we do everything possible to send a message to those people who want to be involved in match-fixing that there will be jail time, and it won't be a light punishment," Arbib added. "The decision to adopt consistent national match-fixing offenses is an outstanding result for sport and fans of sport."
Representatives of all states and territories agreed on Friday to the proposed laws.
Arbib said he was pleased that Australia's state and territorial governments were presenting a united front against "the scourge of match-fixing."
"The only way we can deal with this threat is by working together to ensure we have a national policy underpinned by legislation, codes of conduct and
He said that Australia was putting in place a comprehensive strategy to deter and deal with match-fixing, which would include codes of conduct and education for players and officials.
There would also be consistent national regulation of sports betting and nationally consistent criminal sanctions.
The announcement comes after Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were recently sentenced to jail terms by a British court for their part in spot-fixing activities during a test against England at Lord's.
Australia's Standing Council on Law and Justice previously supported a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment for anyone found guilty of using inside information to bet on sports events they knew to be fixed.