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Gallop says soccer clear, for now

By Kim Hagdorn
8 February 2013 12:50PM EST

AUSTRALIAN soccer chief David Gallop has declared there is no investigation into any potential corruption in national A-League games following this week’s explosive release of widespread sports corruption.

One of the nation’s top sports administrators who joined soccer last year after a decade in charge of national rugby also declared he never knew of any malpractice in drug use of match-fixing in his time in charge of the NRL.

The explosive Australian Crime Commission investigation that was released on Thursday has disclosed that two sports have been infiltrated with offences of match-fixing, drug use or betting corruption.

Gallop claimed Australian soccer is not one of those sports.

The report says that two codes are being investigated and that there are matters of general concern, but nothing has been brought to football at this stage,” Gallop said in Melbourne on Friday.

There’s obviously some general issues that touch on all sports, but the fact is there is nothing that we are specifically dealing with.

“All sports are concerned with these issues. That’s why you have a rigorous testing program in place.

“That’s why you educate your players and that’s why you have penalty regimes in place so that those that do run those risks, know that the penalties will be severe.”

Gallop called on all sporting codes to have superior internal investigative powers and operators as well as endorsing use of external experts.

Australia’s Sports Anti-Doping Authority and national crime investigators announced this week that elite sport throughout the country is rife with illicit performance enhancing drug use, match-fixing and betting scandals.

A significant crackdown and increased powers to find offenders was announced by the Federal Government.

All top sporting codes are expected to substantially increase policing protocols and practises as well as more sever scrutiny for ASADA and crime authorities.

“You need to have internal processes in place and from time to time you may need to call on external experts,” Gallop said.

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