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Blatter: Football is a victim

2012-02-11 10:34

Libreville - FIFA president Sepp Blatter says football has become a victim of its own popularity after a swathe of match-fixing scandals in the past year.

Speaking after attending the Confederation of African Football's general assembly on Friday, the head of world football suggests the problem is becoming an increasingly widespread worry for FIFA.

Blatter says match-fixing is "not a regional phenomenon" and "has to be stopped."

But despite the sport's recent corruption-tarnished image, the FIFA president still insists "football is faring well."

Blatter is in Gabon to attend the annual CAF meeting as well as the African Cup of Nations final between Ivory Coast and Zambia on Sunday at Libreville's Stade de l'Amitie.

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Comments
  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-11 11:09

    Blatter: Football is a victim ....please hand me a tissue

      John - 2012-02-11 13:17

      Football is a victim of Blatter's ignorance, incompetence, and negligence! Not to mention his criminal behaviour!

      Moss - 2012-02-11 16:20

      Baas John dont comment just for the sake of!!

      Yar - 2012-02-11 16:35

      @Moziz I happen to agree with him. Are you playing the man or the ball?

  • Assis Pontes - 2012-02-11 11:22

    For the clubs it's cheaper to bribe a ref than pay for a good player in order to win.

  • Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-11 11:27

    Is not only football, other sporting codes matches are also fixed by betting syndicate but what makes me angry is that only the players and middle men get banned and jailed while the big bosses are ignored. Is like the drug lords, they never get caught. FIFA, ICC, IRB etc should be brainstorming together to put up plans to catch ringleaders. They have interpol to assist them.

  • Steven - 2012-02-11 11:30

    I think football is a victim of Blatter. Corruption has thrived on his watch.

  • Dennis - 2012-02-11 12:05

    Err no Mr Blatter, football is corrupt from you down !!!

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