FA: We must keep check of game

THE Football Association’s general secretary Alex Horne has insisted match-fixing is not widespread but has warned against complacency.

Horne was among representatives from five sports – football, cricket, tennis and the two rugby codes – who attended a summit with ministers in Whitehall on Tuesday morning for talks on tackling fixing.

The sports agreed to consider setting up a hotline for players from all different sports to report approaches or information – currently the sports each have their own reporting systems.

The summit followed the arrest of six people, including Blackburn striker DJ Campbell, following an investigation into spot-fixing in football by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Horne, who was at the meeting with culture, media and sport secretary Maria Miller, said the “general consensus” was that fixing was not a widespread problem. Representatives from the Premier League, Football League and British Horse-racing Authority (BHA) were also present.

He insisted however that the FA took the issue seriously and will study measures against fixing already in place in cricket and horse-racing.

Horne said after the meeting: “I think the general consensus around the room was this isn’t a big issue.

“The intelligence that we have says this isn’t a wide-scale issue at the moment but, again, we don’t want to be complacent.

“It’s clear that, as Britain, we are very proud of our sporting product, of the sport that we play in this country and we all want to do all we can to protect the integrity of that sport.

“We are never complacent on this issue and there’s a lot we can learn from other sports. Some of the education programmes that cricket have put in place are very far advanced, and the integrity unit that the BHA have in place is very far advanced so there’s lots of learnings that are open to all sports.”

The FA has its own integrity unit and education programmes, but fixing has been an issue for a longer time for horse racing and cricket.

Horne added: “We don’t want to see this in our sport and so, therefore, we are doing everything we can, we are looking at all measures we can across sport but also with the agencies.

“We really welcome the recent impetus from the NCA. I think that is going to be a really important body for all of us in reminding people that these are criminal activities and the criminal nature of activities shouldn’t be underestimated and all power to the NCA.”

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10:56am Wed 11 Dec 13

Rover47 says...

Where were the FA, Mr Horne, when Jerome Anderson swept in and savaged Blackburn Rovers under their very noses?
Where were the FA, Mr Horne, when Jerome Anderson swept in and savaged Blackburn Rovers under their very noses? Rover47

1:36pm Wed 11 Dec 13

HDRover says...

Typical of the 'Blazermen' from the FA to just sweep
it all under the carpet, they treat us like idiots.

' Nothing to see here folks'
A player at a Premier Lg club, said a while
ago, that about a quarter of his team mates
are heavy gamblers, so if that's true, many of
them will be in debt, that's when the ' fixers' move-in.
Typical of the 'Blazermen' from the FA to just sweep it all under the carpet, they treat us like idiots. ' Nothing to see here folks' A player at a Premier Lg club, said a while ago, that about a quarter of his team mates are heavy gamblers, so if that's true, many of them will be in debt, that's when the ' fixers' move-in. HDRover

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