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Match Fixing

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July 15, 2016

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The NSW Organised Crime Squad has recently released a media statement that they are investigating Manly Sea Eagles Football Club for match fixing. Unfortunately, match fixing has been prevalent in many sports and this is not the first time clubs in Australia are facing such allegations. Only as recently as January 2016 were professional tennis players thrust into the spotlight for alleged match fixing at the Australian Open.

Back in 2012, the “Crimes Amendment (Cheating at Gambling) Bill” was passed and accordingly “Part 4ACA – Cheating at Gambling” was inserted into the Crimes Act 1900. The reason for the introduction of this new law was due to a number of high-profile incidents of match fixing, which have occurred in Australia and overseas, across sports from cricket and rugby league to racing and football. Its object was to prohibit certain conduct that can corrupt the betting outcomes of events on which it is lawful to place bets.

The Crimes act 1900 introduced s193N and s193O under Part 4ACA. Both these sections outline that a person will have committed an offence where they:

  • Knowingly or recklessly corrupt a betting outcome of an event;
  • With the intention of obtaining a financial advantage

Due to the prevalence and the seriousness of the offence, the Government have decided to deter this action by taking a hard stance on cheating at gambling by placing a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

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