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AIFF seeks Interpol help to crack down on match-fixing

Calcutta: A group of Interpol officers will be coming to the capital next month to conduct a two-day seminar on the ways of curbing match-fixing, which has lately been a menace to football in several parts of the world.

This is the first time that Interpol will be part of a football-related seminar in the country, as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is organising it so that the officials of the different clubs, players and referees are updated on how to crack down on fixing.

Also, with India playing host to a major football event for the first time in the form of the U-17 World Cup in 2017, the AIFF is determined to keep this menace away.

“Interpol officers will be there in New Delhi to conduct a seminar on January 15 and 16. The seminar will be based on how to clamp down on fixing, which seems to have rocked world football of late,” AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta said on Thursday.

He added: “We, too, need to ensure that fixing, by no means, tarnishes the image of our nation as we would be staging the U-17 World Cup for the first time… We need to be very careful about that.

“It’s good if all the club officials, along with the players and match officials are present at the seminar.”

East Bengal assistant secretary Shantiranjan Dasgupta said, “Someone of us will definitely be there.”

“It’s not only about how to curb fixing, but also important that we make ourselves aware of all the (Fifa) rules, regulations and guidelines since India will be hosting an event of huge magnitude in 2017.

“We just cannot sit behind at this stage,” he added.