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«The problem is that the sport of sports gambling has become heavily influenced by drugs, which is a threat to the sport’s legitimacy,» said Pauline Haussler, a professor of economics at the University of Geneva and founder of Switzerland’s Free Sport Initiative.

«It’s not just a problem in football, it’s also a problem in rugby league, in baseball, in tennis,» she told Reuters, adding that the sport can’t survive in its current state without reform.

FIFA approved new regulations in March to ban gambling outside of major tournament qualification matches in which a team is determined to advance to the next round. The governing body said there were also measures in place to comb바카라at money taking, although its official position is to maintain a neutral stance.

«The problem with this is that there’s absolutely no바카라사이트 good evidence to demonstrate that it has any impact,» said Haussler. «The evidence is very weak — what has happened so far suggests that this is simply a way to attract revenue.»

Rival sports leagues such as rugby union and the English football league have pushed for a ban on betting in those matches and some soccer leagues have proposed banning players from betting during matches as well.

European soccer fans protest against the ban on betting in the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge, north London, June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The European Union, whose members include the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden and Finland, is currently discussing whether to introduce further restrictions, but its decision is unlikely to be taken until a new sporting boycott is in place, Haussler said.


One possible solution would be a global cultural boycott th바카라사이트at would seek to ban betting, gambling and sports betting outright, although Haussler said she doubted this would succeed.

«The global football match was so successful because of the gambling and betting in that one-off game, the fact there was so much support. These are the sorts of activities that need to be banned,» Haussler said. «But the biggest problem would be in the world of sports.»

The Swiss law is part of a broader movement to tackle corruption in sports, something FIFA has tried to do on a local level through its anti-corruption initiativ