Zero Tolerance to Match Fixing

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Robert R. Varon
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Think of a country, where its so called super league's regulations are changed overnight. For the sake of more games, more airings and more income, millions of football fans are condemned to empty stands, low quality games and a football shadowed by match fixing. Think of a country, where the football played on the pitch is the least of the factors that is effecting the results. Where the Parliament, the Football Association, legislators, club officials, everyone except footballers have more say over the outcome of the game. Think of a country, where political parties are dragged into football with their consent and the autonomy of football has been raped. Think of a country, where the legislation passed just 6 months ago is trying to be changed as a result of the pressure of the football clubs, once the crimes covered by the legislation are under investigation and the indictments are underway. Both public conscience and universal justice norms are disregarded. Instead of fighting with match fixing, legislation wants to be transformed so that the penalties are more lenient. Think of a country, where its football has been crushed by match fixing but everyone is more interested in saving the culprits than the football itself. Unfortunately this country is Turkey. 

Since the beginning of July 2011, we have tried to appeal to the international sports community to support us in our struggle against the match fixing scandal in Turkey. Finally the day has come and the indictment is announced publicly. The extent of match fixing, intimidation and extortion in the indictment is severe not only for football but also for any criminal act. But Turkish Football Federation is still evading to implement disciplinary actions and biding its time. 

Now it is time for justice. We do not want to be a part of this wicked, unfair, political scenario. We again appeal to all the fans, football and sports officials and justice conscious people to put an end to match fixing in such a way that a strong message is given to the world that such acts are not to be tolerated. If dissuasive penalties are not given, our confidence in the fairness of football will be shattered to pieces. If football's governing bodies look the other way while the spirit of the game is violated openly, doubt will cast over every single football game played in the world. We also appeal to our President Mr. Abdullah Gul to keep standing firm against pressure to change the legislation. "Injustice anywhere is a threat for justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King, Jr.


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