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Spain creates commission to combat betting corruption

A new national commission focused on the prevention of sports corruption, and betting-related fraud will soon be created in Spain, after getting the green light from the country’s Ministry of the Presidency.

According to the Ministry, the Commission will “develop action plans and recommendations or diagnoses to detect, prevent and combat illegal actions in the field of sports competitions and fraud in betting.”

The commission will include representatives from the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), the National Police, the Civil Guard, the Higher Sports Council as well as those affiliated with both sports competitions and the betting industry. It will be chaired on a rotating basis by the head of the DGOJ and the Directorate General of Sports (DGS), who will alternate each year in the presidency.

The formation of the body follows on from recent crackdowns on corruption in the sporting world. Back in May, several Spanish first and second-tier footballers were arrested following allegations of match-fixing and involvement in a criminal organisation.

Meanwhile, a judge investigating match-fixing in Spain stated that Valencia’s two-goal win over Valladolid back in June, which landed the club a spot in the Champions League next season, was fixed by a criminal gang and up to seven Valladolid players.

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