A bill to amend New Zealand’s 1961 Crimes Act to officially classify match-fixing as a criminal offence has moved closer to coming into law after it passed its first reading in the country’s parliament.

It has been introduced in order to protect the integrity of sport in New Zealand by making match-fixing a form of deception under section 240 of the country’s Crimes Act, which would see it defined as “the offence of obtaining a benefit or causing a loss by deception.”

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