McCully: Sport match fixers 'will be prosecuted'
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.