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FOOTBALL: Spot-fixing not widespread says FA general secretary

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2013 | 2:21 PM

A day after Jamaican international Ian Goodison and six others were arrested as part of a football spot-fixing investigation in the UK, the Football Association's general secretary Alex Horne has insisted match-fixing is not widespread in football.

However, he 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 yesterday for talks on tackling fixing.

Horne, who was at the meeting with culture, media and sport secretary Maria Miller, says the "general consensus" was that fixing was not a widespread problem.

Representatives from the Premier League, Football League and British Horseracing Authority were also present.

Horne insisted, however, that the Football Association took the issue seriously and will study measures against fixing already in place in cricket and horse racing.

The National Crime Agency detained the players after it acted on information passed by the Sun.


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