Member states of the Council of Europe have agreed a new convention which aims to prevent match-fixing in sports and fight against the proliferation of illegal sports betting providers.

The purpose of the convention is to “prevent, detect, punish and discipline” the manipulation of sports competitions. It also seeks to enhance the exchange of information and increase cooperation between national and international public authorities, as well as sports organisations and sports betting operators.

“This new international agreement represents a major step forward in safeguarding the integrity of sport and sports ethics,” said the Council of Europe's secretary general Thorbjørn Jagland.

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