UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino says match fixing in soccer is an international problem that affects more countries than thought and people who are caught will be banned from football for life.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 5, 2011) REUTERS - UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino says match fixing in soccer is an international problem that affects more countries than thought and people who are caught will be banned from football for life.
He said: "It is an issue in, unfortunately, several countries, several European countries and I remember sitting at (a) conference some time ago where somebody started the conference by saying 'well, let's speak about match fixing' and then he continued by saying 'well, you would say this is a problem in Turkey' and everybody would say yeah of course, 'and in Italy' yeah of course, 'In Greece' yeah of course.
"Then he goes on and says 'and in Belgium, and in Finland, and in Germany and in Switzerland' and so on and so on and so forth. So you see it's really an international problem which affects many country, no country is immune."
However, Infantino was keen to stress it is not a big problem but one UEFA want to stamp out as soon as they can.
He added: "If somebody is caught who has tried to fix a match, he will be out of football. We have suspended for life two referees, this decison was confirmed even by the Court of Arbitration for Sport as a proportional decision - suspension for life.
"Not because they fixed the match but because they were contacted by a criminal organisation and did not report that."Infantino was speaking at the Leaders in Football Conference in London on Wednesday (October 5).