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Sports corruption treaty moves forward 26/05/2014 The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has given a green light to a proposed treaty that will tackle corruption in sport.

Sports corruption treaty moves forward

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) last week gave a green light to a new Council of Europe multilateral treaty, designed to crack down on “match-fixing”, illegal betting and other forms of corruption in sport.

In an opinion on the new draft Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions – which will be open to all States – the Assembly hailed the global approach and broad scope of the new treaty, but asked for certain improvements.

Approving a report by Kent H√§rstedt (Sweden, SOC), the parliamentarians called for the removal of a “loophole” that would allow States not to prosecute foreign people living on their territory, tighter wording on illegal betting, the drafting of “model provisions” to better harmonise laws in different countries, and sufficient resources for the effective policing of compliance with the convention.

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