The Council of Europe’s Convention on match-fixing will come into force on January 1st next year after fifteen countries signed up to the treaty at a meeting of European Sports Ministers in Switzerland Thursday.

The Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (CETS no. 215) was opened for signature yesterday at a ceremony held during the Conference of European Ministers of Sport, who met to decide on measures to promote integrity in competitions and combat corruption in the governance of sport.

“This convention is a major step forward for integrity, ethics and transparency in sport,” said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.

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