Match-fixers to face 10 year jail terms under new proposed Oz laws

Sydney, Mar 5 (ANI): Australian state Victoria has stepped up efforts to save its lucrative sports industry after Sports Minister Hugh Delahunty revealed on Tuesday that they would introduce match-fixing laws this week that could see match-fixers jailed for up to 10 years in jail.

The laws, which have been months in the making, are aligned with laws already enacted in New South Wales and being introduced in South Australia, the Age reports.

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu said an individual found guilty of match fixing would face a maximum prison term of 10 years.

Baillieu added anyone who attempts to manipulate professional sport for betting outcomes is a cheat and they will be caught and punished under these tough new laws.

The laws targets people who attempt to engage in match fixing, race fixing and spot fixing. Spot fixing is manipulating moments in a match, such as a deliberate no ball at a specific time in cricket or first goal kicker in football. (ANI)

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