Nordics want more spotlight on match-fixing

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Nordic countries are calling for increased action against match-fixing, saying it could be a bigger threat to sports than doping.

The Nordic sports federations — representing Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland — are urging local sports bodies to adopt rules to combat fixing.

Niels Nygaard, head of Denmark's top sports body, says the countries fear that match-fixing "could develop into something bigger than doping."

He says the problem in western Europe isn't yet as widespread as in Asia and eastern Europe.

Nygaard says governments also should ratify any anti-match-fixing convention suggested by pan-European organizations.

The federations say EU regulations on online gambling should require all betting companies to participate in European-wide monitoring of all sports bets. They also support limits on the type of bets offered.