COVID complicates Asian football’s fight against match fixing
03 January 2022 | 4:41 pm
Asian football in particular has long had a problem with match fixing. While some progress had been made in fighting the crime in recent years, the arrival of COVID-19 has made it easier for match fixers to do business.
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