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English match-fixing scandals – the 10 stand out issues - Part 2

England Footballs
Monday, 30 December 2013 By Kevin Carpenter

In this second and final part of his latest blog Kevin Carpenter discusses the remaining 5 issues he believes are important that have stemmed from the recent integrity scandals in English football.


6.    Acknowledging the full extent of the problem

Despite what has been uncovered in England the past few weeks, the majority of sports administrators in this country still claim there is not a widespread serious issue at hand here, which in my opinion could not be further from the truth. I fully understand why sport chooses an approach of negligence, even wilful blindness, to match-fixing and sports betting integrity because if you go looking for trouble, in this case, you are almost certainly going to find it. There is a fear from sports administrators that supporters, the general public, broadcasters and commercial partners would lose faith in the sport and withdraw their financial backing.

I am not claiming this is a uniquely British attitude to match-fixing because it isn’t, with many other jurisdictions preferring the “ignorance is bliss” approach for the same reasons. However what concerns me is that despite Britain’s waning influence on the world sporting stage many countries still look to us, and especially The Football Association, for leadership and guidance.

However, much like with cycling, it will come to a point with football worldwide where associations cannot any longer use this as an excuse not to tackle the problem, or indeed acknowledge it exists. That day, I fear, is not too far away.


7.    Sport trying to run before it can walk

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Kevin Carpenter

Kevin Carpenter

Kevin is a advisor and member of the editorial board for LawInSport, having previously acted as editor.

Kevin specialises in integrity, regulatory, governance and disciplinary matters. His expertise and knowledge has led him to be engaged by major private and public bodies, including the IOC, FIFA, the Council of Europe, INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as making regular appearances internationally delivering presentations and commenting in the media on sports law issues.

His research and papers are published across a variety of forums, including having a blog on LawInSport.

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