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Talks for Fair Play in Athens

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)       Tackling problems concerning ethics in sport, the Council of Europe organised its 11th Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport in Athens on December 11-12. Sport ministers and representatives from 44 countries participating in the conference passed three resolutions to make sport more ethical, autonomous and fair. Doping concerns, hooliganism, the autonomy of sports associations and cross-border crime, were some of the key concerns discussed. UEFA President Michel Platini urged European lawmakers to use bloc-wide liberalisation of gambling to protect football from illegal betting syndicates. Greek Deputy Minister of Sport, Giannis Ioannidis highlighted the necessity for the athletic community to engage in a dialogue so as to confront problems emanating from the lack of moral principles and autonomy. Secretariat General for Information: About Greece-Sports; Secretariat General for Sports: www.sportsnet.gr (in Greek)