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AFC Official: Legalized Betting will Curb Corruption

12 September 2006

SINGAPORE – As reported by Reuters: "A legalised betting system is vital to winning the battle against match-fixing, according to Asian Football Confederation general secretary Peter Velappan.

"With Vietnamese soccer dogged by yet another fixing scandal, Velappan believes Singapore's approach to organised gambling can act as an example to its Southeast Asian neighbours.

"…Velappan said he was planning to send Vietnamese Football Federation (VFF) delegates to Singapore to study the city state's legalised gambling system.

"…Vietnamese state media on Tuesday quoted a top government official as saying betting on soccer may be legalised by the middle of next year…"

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