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Is the fix already in?

Yet more from Hansard:

"Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Football Association on plans for a pan-European approach to the subject of football match-fixing".

A bit of trawling suggests that Gibson is a Norwich supporter, although the circumstances of his birth suggest he should be following Queen of the South. However, he has been in Naarfolk since the 60s, so I'll let him get away with that.

Possibly missing the point, Gerry Sutcliffe replied thus:

"Ministers at the Department meet representatives from the Football Association (FA), as well as a wide variety of other sports bodies, on a regular basis to discuss a number of issues. The general subject of integrity in sports betting has been discussed during those meetings, but the Secretary of State has not met the FA specifically to discuss plans for a cross-Europe approach to the subject of football match-fixing".

He then follows on with some boilerplate text about the integrity of sport, but given that Sutcliffe is a Manchester United follower (he's 'allowed' to be, he was born in Salford, although how his Bradford constituents feel about this is not known) presumably he thinks intimidating referees is just dandy. Sutcliffe's personal page throws out VBScript run time errors when the search facility is used, so there's no statement of heartfelt love for MUFC to be found, and his MUFC support is only Wikipedia-verified.

Anyway, watch out for a suspicious result should the teams meet any time soon.

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