28 Dec 2013

Call for match-fixing sanctions

3:50 pm on 28 December 2013

A Wellington barrister says criminal sanctions for match- and spot-fixing in sport are warranted, given the effect a scandal could have on New Zealand's sports brands.

A recent government investigation found no evidence of widespread criminal activity in sport, but acknowledged the potential risk. Sports Minister Murray McCully says a national match-fixing policy is being considered, along with possible law changes that would make match-fixing a criminal offence.

Barrister Hamish McIntosh says a match-fixing incident in New Zealand could stymie betting, deter sponsors and hurt the country's international reputation.