McCully: Sport match fixers 'will be prosecuted'

14:40, May 05 2014
Murray McCully
MINISTER OF SPORT AND RECREATION: Murray McCully.

Match fixers will face criminal charges in new steps announced by Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully.

McCully announced today a new policy on match fixing, as well as plans to amend the Crimes Act 1961 "to ensure the most serious form of match-fixing is a criminal offence".

While match fixing might already constitute a criminal offence, McCully said the move would give greater certainty to law enforcement agencies and international sporting bodies.

"New Zealand is not immune to the international risks of match-fixing and we are taking pre-emptive steps to protect our well-deserved reputation for playing fair and the integrity of New Zealand sport," he said.

The new policy was a framework for collaboration between the Government, the sport sector and the betting industry to address match-fixing risks to New Zealand sport, he said.

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