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Superintendent Sandra Manderson has warned players that illegal bookmakers will use honey traps to try and lure them into match-fixing during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Manderson, who is the police chief for all games held in New Zealand, also noted that players should be vigilant at all times since syndicates from around the world will target them.
“We know they bring in women into the country to fraternise with players,” Manderson told the New Zealand Herald. “Afterwards, they’ll ask the players to do something and if they refuse they’ll say, ‘Well, see these photographs? They will be with your wife, your neighbours, your parents’.
“There are millions and millions of dollars at stake in match-fixing.”
But, New Zealand have already taken a step in the fight to remove match-fixing from the sport as the illegal trade is set to become a criminal offence by the end of the year.
Just last year, the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) banned cheerleaders from Russia and Ukraine since they were afraid that they may have links to organised crime syndicates.
However, cheerleaders are still one of the main features in many domestic Twenty20 tournaments even though there are concerns about players socialising with them.