Top AFC official urges legalised betting

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Asia's soccer governing body has urged Malaysia and other Asian governments to legalise betting on soccer matches.

Kuala Lumpur:

Asia's soccer governing body has urged Malaysia and other Asian governments to legalise betting on soccer matches, saying it would accelerate the sport's development in the region. The appeal by Peter Velappan, secretary-general of the Kuala Lumpur-based Asian Football Confederation, comes as Malaysian authorities brace for a surge of high-roller bets for the European soccer championships. "Football is now developing into an industry and it generates a great amount of revenue," Velappan was quoted as saying in a newspaper. "Legalised betting will be one of the commercial activities to generate income for football development," he added. Fanatical fan-following Betting on soccer is outlawed in Malaysia, as in some other Asian countries where support for European soccer can be fanatical. Illegal betting, especially on matches in the English Premier League, has flourished in recent years. Velappan said legalised betting was one way to combat illegal betting, which can attract millions of dollars for a single match, and would earn revenue for soccer organisations to carry out their development programmes. (AP)

Topics : Football
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