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Actors calls for independent match-fixing device

the Danish sports confederation (DIF) has recently tightened the rules, with seven new measures in the fight against match-fixing.

the Effort was strengthened with higher minimum sentences, then match-fixing at least two years of exclusion.

Moreover, DIF use anonymous witnesses and to provide for exemption from punishment, if one goes to confession and reveals match-fixing.

But more needs to be done, think Dansk Boldspil-Union (DBU), which calls for an independent efterforskningsenhed.

- We believe that there must be a special court in the land, and you need to make a special efterforskningsenhed in Denmark, who can take care of it.

- We believe that there are several cases. Also cases that are not detected or treated, said DBU president Jesper Møller.

Anti Doping Denmark (ADD) functions as a national secretariat in the fight against match-fixing, but do not have the responsibility to investigate and bring proceedings in the sports world. The tasks lies with the matchfixingsekretariatet under the DIF.

ADD-president Michael Ash is arguing that the sport investigates itself.

- It is not so smart, that the task lies with the DIF, which do not have the skills. DIF can be accused of a conflict of interest, because you typically have to investigate something that occurred in a private context.

It happened in a sport under DIF. It is always a good principle of law, that one must have some independent to examine it, says Ash.

He emphasizes that the DIF has the right to make rules and judge, when someone violates the rules.

- However, when the DIF will also investigate, blends the executive and judiciary. And we wont have to share power in Denmark, says Ash.

He believes that the most important thing is that the investigation is completely independent and willingly take responsibility for the part.

It makes good sense to give us the task. First, we sit in advance around the table with the national platform for the combating of match-fixing.

- We provide the secretariat and participating in a variety of international meetings, where we try to coordinate efforts across borders.

- We have experience in the investigation of other integritetsbrud as doping in sport, says Ash.

Jens Sejer Andersen, international director of the organization Play the Game, fighting for transparency in the sport, agree with the DBU and ADD.

the Challenge is that it can be ressourcekrævede to create such a body must be able to respond quickly. It must have a preparedness, always ready to put in the time, knowledge and other scarce resources.

- at the same time, there is also some æresfølelse in having such a task, for no one can be in doubt that the DIF has been very active in fighting match-fixing and develop quite far-reaching set of rules.

- It is perhaps, therefore, to DIF press a little. But nevertheless, it will take more objectively out, if the investigation is outside of the sport itself, " says Jens Sejer.

DIF-director Morten Mølholm believes that the current construction is the right and refuses to hand over the efterforskningsansvaret to Anti Doping Denmark or other actors.

the Investigation must lie with us, because the sport should be able to take care of these things themselves.

- We have a collaboration agreement with Anti Doping Denmark, and collaborate on resources. But completely to give the investigation from the us in the DIF-under the auspices, I see no reason to, " says Mølholm.

He stresses that the investigation must be carried out in close cooperation with other actors.

- the Constraints does not matter if there is a proper investigation. That we need help from others than the sport itself - namely, from the police, spilleselskaberne and politicians.

- It requires additional resources and setting up of special units within the police. For the cases have proven difficult to unravel, says the DIF director.

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