Government to consult racing over corruption
THE government will today consult racing on corruption in sport as it gathers senior figures from five leading sports to a meeting following allegations of fixing in football.
The summit at Whitehall has been called by Culture Secretary Maria Miller after six people, including Blackburn Rovers striker DJ Campbell, were arrested on Sunday during an investigation into spot-fixing in football.
Executives from the governing bodies of the five sports will attend the meeting in London, along with representatives from the BHA, the Gambling Commission, Premier League and Football League.
Speaking on Radio 4, former Premier League chief executive Rick Parry said: “It needs a multi-agency approach - a coming together of the sports governing bodies, the police, the betting operators and the Gambling Commission. It’s too big a problem for one agency and they all need to take a share of the responsibility.
“I think it’s important to have an integrity unit which gathers intelligence and supports the governing bodies with their investigations and if you want to see what a top-class one looks like go along the British Horseracing Authority as they have been at it a long time.”
It is understand the purpose of the meeting is to share best practices between the sports on preventing fixing.