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FIFA urges governments to support fight against match-fixing, says criminals walk free

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    FIFA's security director Ralf Mutschke speaks during an interview at an Interpol conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Mutschke has warned that the fight against match-fixing will ultimately fail without the full support of governments across the world. Mutschke said Wednesday he hopes a Singaporean businessman accused of heading a crime syndicate that made millions by betting on rigged Italian games will be brought to face the courts with the help of Singaporean authorities. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin) (The Associated Press)

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    FIFA's security director Ralf Mutschke speaks during an interview at an Interpol conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Mutschke has warned that the fight against match-fixing will ultimately fail without the full support of governments across the world. Mutschke said Wednesday he hopes a Singaporean businessman accused of heading a crime syndicate that made millions by betting on rigged Italian games will be brought to face the courts with the help of Singaporean authorities. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin) (The Associated Press)

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    Asian Football Confederation Acting President Zhang Jilong, right, speaks with FIFA's security director Ralf Mutschke, left, and Interpol Director Capacity Building and Training Dale Sheehan after a photo session during their meeting to discuss match-fixing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Mutschke has warned that the fight against match-fixing will ultimately fail without the full support of governments across the world. Mutschke said Wednesday he hopes a Singaporean businessman accused of heading a crime syndicate that made millions by betting on rigged Italian games will be brought to face the courts with the help of Singaporean authorities. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin) (The Associated Press)

FIFA's head of security on Wednesday said that the fight against match-fixing will ultimately flounder without the full support of governments across the world.

Ralf Mutschke said he hopes a Singaporean businessman accused of heading a crime syndicate that made millions by betting on rigged Italian games will be brought to face the courts with the help of Singaporean authorities.

Mutschke, speaking at a conference in Malaysia co-hosted by Interpol and the Asian Football Confederation to discuss match-fixing, said referees and players are being banned for life for corruption, but the masterminds of the crimes still walk free because of legislative weaknesses.

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