Fifa to monitor sports betting

ZURICH - Fifa is expanding its system for monitoring sports betting to prevent match-fixing scandals in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

ZURICH - Fifa is expanding its system for monitoring sports betting to prevent match-fixing scandals in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

Fifa said yesterday it had set up an independent company in Zurich - called Early Warning System - to monitor betting patterns when World Cup qualifying begins later this year.

The project is part of efforts "to safeguard the integrity of the game" and "prevent sports betting from having any negative impact on football matches." Fifa said it will sign contracts with bookmakers requiring them to report any irregular betting activities. - Sapa-AP

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