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ECB: Integrity needed at heart of sport

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Following the recent outcome of the court case in Southwark, the ECB has reiterated its policy of zero tolerance in respect of corruption in sport.

The ECB will make no comment on the court cases of Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, but hopes that such criminal actions will act as a strong deterrent to support the eradication of such activity in sport.

The ECB has recently established an anti-corruption and education unit, chaired by Jane Stichbury, and supports training programmes for the education of players and officials in addition to implementing the ECB regulations concerning anti-corruption.

ECB chief executive David Collier commented: "Integrity and fair play are the foundations for any sporting contest. ECB fully supports the work of the ICC anti-corruption unit.

“We have established a unit at Lord’s to both educate players and officials and seek to protect the integrity of sport and we hope that criminal proceedings will act as a strong and firm deterrent to complement this work."