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New Zealand Gets Boost in Match Fixing Fight

Law enforcement officials in New Zealand have been given a new tool in which to fight match fixing in their country, as politicians passed the Crime Match Fixing Amendment Bill, which classifies the act as criminal deception.

Under the law, those convicted of match fixing could face penalties of up to seven years in prison. The bill was passed in time for the 2015 FIFA Under 20 World Cup and ICC Cricket World Cup, both of which are slated to be hosted in the country.

Speaking about the bill New Zealand Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman said, “Match-fixing is a growing problem internationally and it is the number one threat to the integrity, value and growth of sport.”

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