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UEFA to set up anti-corruption unit

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UEFA are planning a Europe-wide anti-corruption network aimed at tackling match-fixing and illegal betting in all football competitions on the continent.

European football's governing body announced they are to set up a six-man special investigation unit to look into corruption in their competitions.

Currently, 15 matches from last season and 10 Intertoto Cup and UEFA Cup qualifiers this season are under investigation.

UEFA general secretary David Taylor said he wanted the network to be spread across Europe.

He said: "We will be setting up a special investigations unit to look into situations reported to us in terms of irregular betting.

"This is a danger in our game, we will not allow our sport to be destabilised by those who wish to manipulate it for their own monetary gains.

"We are employing extra people and strengthening our early warning systems to fight the war against illegal betting and corruption."

Taylor said talks would be held with national associations with a view to forming a European system covering all football competitions.

UEFA also approved an expansion of the European Championship from 16 to 24 teams from 2016.

The decision came after a proposal from the Scottish FA and the Football Association of Ireland.

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