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UEFA, Europol team up to fight match-fixing, as 9 cases ongoing involving crime syndicates
NYON, Switzerland - UEFA has signed a working agreement with Europol, which says it is involved in nine investigations of organized crime syndicates linked to match-fixing.
Europol director Rob Wainwright says it is supporting police services across Europe in the cases.
No details of the investigations were given at a signing ceremony with UEFA President Michel Platini.
Platini says fighting match-fixing is a personal priority for him as a former player.
Wainwright says Europol, the European Union police agency, will share information on suspected fixing and illegal betting with UEFA and its 54 member federations.
The agency has a sports corruption unit comprising 15 EU members and two other countries.
Wainwright says match-fixing is not a major problem in European football "but we are making sure it doesn't become one."
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