Sport: Matching Fixing

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Moynihan Lord Moynihan Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to establish a legal framework in the European Union to allow the prosecution and punishment of those found guilty of sporting match fixing.

Photo of Baroness Garden of Frognal Baroness Garden of Frognal Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The European Council of Ministers adopted a resolution on the European Union Work Plan for Sport (2011-14) in May 2011. This identified the integrity of sport, in particular the fight against match fixing, as a priority theme for EU level co-operation. The UK supported the adoption of European Council conclusions on combating match-fixing in November 2011. The EU Expert Group on Good Governance in Sport has been asked to develop recommendations to "Develop a European dimension of the integrity of sport with the initial focus on the fight against match-fixing" by mid-2012. The focus of the expert group's work will be to collect evidence on existing best practices at national level and to make suggestions on concrete steps to be undertaken at EU level on what can be done to improve the situation.

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