WOMEN cricketers have recently reported attempted corruption offers after a hike in betting on the sport, reports say.
According to The Sunday Telegraph, an international player was approached earlier this year and reported it to the sports’ Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).
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And there have been various other approaches to players in the sport since then, the report says.
This follows a massive rise in betting on the sport, with £685m traded on women’s cricket in 2018 via Betfair, compared with £15 in 2015.
The ACU’s general manager Alex Marshall told The Telegraph: “The interest of corrupters has risen with the increased popularity, televised games and betting volumes.
“We have started to see women players receiving corrupt approaches, although so far, very small numbers.
“We are monitoring the women’s game more closely and have invested heavily in player education. We are pleased with the response.
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“The women players take the threat seriously and have been quick to report anything suspicious.”
There are also concerns that women’s football is now being targeted by corruption.
Fifa have, The Telegraph say, taken steps to protect the sport ahead of the World Cup final today between the United States and Holland.