Match fixing: the end of competitive sport?

Declan Hill pictured at the Play The Game conference in Coventry cathedral (Jens Astrup/Play the Game)

TONIGHT’S PLAY The Game conference, which will be streamed around the world from Coventry, will focus on match fixing and how it’s gradually eroding the competitive nature of sport. Speakers at this evening’s free public session will include former mob-boss and match fixer, Michael Franzese, CEO of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, and managing director of Betfair, Mark Davies. Following the talks there will be a panel debate involving all the speakers as well as Chairman of Australia’s anti-doping authority, Richard Ings and Investigative reporter, Declan Hill, writes Marc Johnson.

Declan Hill spoke at Play the Game yesterday about his own personal experiences surrounding bribery and corruption.  He will also give an insight into the prevention of match fixing in the UK, and will be fielding questions from the public on the panel at the talk this evening.

Tonight’s session is the only talk of the conference which is open to the public and free of charge. Professor Simon Chadwick from the Centre for the International Business of Sport (CIBS) at Coventry University, said: “We have extended an open invitation to the general public as we believe this is an issue that will generate a lot of debate and hopefully some candid and open discussions about match-fixing.”

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