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FIFA gives itself right to ‘intervene’ over fears of match-fixing

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Lost in Thursday’s announcement of the awarding of the 2015 Women’s World Cup to Canada and the decision not to change the geographical arrangements of slots for Brazil 2014 was quick mention by FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke of some coming changes to regulations to help police match-fixing.

After allegations of match-fixing over two recent internationals held in Antalya, Turkey — Estonia drew Bulgaria 2-2 and Latvia defeated Bolivia 2-1, in which ALL SEVEN goals were scored on penalties — FIFA launched an investigation.

Antalya has become a hub for friendlies and training camps; Toronto FC trained and played three friendlies there this season. It welcomes international teams for neutral-site friendlies.

According to the FIFA calendar, Belarus is to play Canada in Antalya on March 29, but there is still no official word from the Canadian Soccer Association.

Valcke said, after the Turkey incidents, regulations will be changed to allow FIFA to intervene in the arrangement of matches if it feels that there is a risk of match-fixing.

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