Match fixing made punishable with imprisonment

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Under the amendments to Sports law, adopted by the Saeima on January 28, Match fixing will be punishable with up to a year in prison, effective March 1, reported LSM's Latvian-language service Thursday.

The amendments to Sports law prohibit match fixing and obliges sports professionals and organizations to strive to prevent the possibility of such manipulations.

The amendments stipulate that match fixing is any activity that interferes with the randomness of a competition or its result. The amendments will come into force on March 1.

Match fixing will carry a punishment of up to a year in prison. 

Even though individuals could face criminal charges for match fixing prior to this, it fell under fraud charges, and the fraud article in the law was difficult to apply to the involved individuals, and it was hard to establish who were the victims in match fixing cases, the police said previously.

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