ANISUDDIN KHAN KARACHI - International Cricket Council (ICC) is not the only international sports body which is facing spot and match-fixing scourge in the sports once known as gentlemans game as the United Europe Football Association (UEFA) is facing with a much bigger problem which has even attracted the attention of the European Parliament. According to information available here on Wednesday, the European Parliament at a recent sitting backed all of UEFAs key aims in the areas of betting and match-fixing thus adding significant voice to UEFAs efforts to combat match-fixing in football. The European Parliament is the latest political body to join UEFAs efforts to combat match-fixing. President UEFA Michel Platini also addressed the European sports ministers on the subject. On the other hand, the ICC has set up its on corruption unit to detect and punish corrupt practices in international cricket but so far it has not appealed to the governments of the countries involved in international cricket to take measures at government level to tackle the issue which has ended in imprisonment of three Pakistanis for spot-fixing in a Test match against England by an English court. Without government support and through an act of parliament, no measures taken by cricket boards of the countries could handle the issue because those who are involved in bribing the cricketers are in no way come under the discipline of the cricket boards. Lord Condon, the former head of the ICC ACU, has already accepted that match and spot fixing was not restricted to the sub-continent and almost every cricket playing countries were involved in some way in the corrupt practices. In the meantime, former captain of France and currently the president of the UEFA Michel Platini has welcomed European Parliament for standing firmly on UEFAs side and against the criminal powers that orchestrate match-fixing in Europe. Through working together we can put a stop to the biggest threat facing the future of sport in Europe. A resolution voted by the members of the European Parliament called for measures to protect the integrity of sport through cross-border cooperation between sport organisations and relevant public bodies. The European Parliamentarians specifically recommend penalizing betting fraud as a criminal offence throughout Europe. The European Parliaments resolution on online gambling calls for the recognition of sport organisations property rights to their competitions through a fair financial return from betting organizations. France is the first country in Europe to have enshrined this right into law. Ultimately this property right ensures cooperation between sport organisers and betting companies, which leads to more transparency, better monitoring and control mechanisms, and can help to fight money laundering through betting. Platini has gathered further EU support for the fight against match-fixing at an informal EU sport ministers held in Poland recently. His address to the sponsor ministers underlined the importance of match-fixing being criminalized and making it a specific criminal offence, as is already the case in some EU member states, namely Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Poland and Portugal. Earlier this year, UEFA's Executive Committee approved the setting up and funding of a network of integrity officers at European level. As well as acting as liaison officer and coordinator between the football authorities and state law enforcement agencies in suspected match-fixing cases, integrity officers will exchange information and expertise with the UEFA administration. They will monitor disciplinary proceedings, as well as organise educational programmes for players, referees and coaches as part of an effective preventative strategy.