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NZ cracks down on match fixing

New Zealand lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill which will give police increased powers to tackle match-fixing ahead of next year's Cricket World Cup.

The bill will become law before the World Cup in February and March and ahead of football's under-20 World Cup in New Zealand in May and June.

It makes match-fixing a criminal offence in New Zealand for the first time, with offenders facing terms of up to seven years in prison.

Sports minister Jonathan Coleman welcomed the passing of the bill and said: "Match-fixing is a growing problem internationally and it is the number one threat to the integrity, value and growth of sport.

"In New Zealand we are not immune to this growing threat."

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