ECB respond to Mervyn Westfield case

Mervyn Westfield
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The ECB condemns Mervyn Westfield for his part in spot-fixing during a cricket encounter between Essex and Durham over two years ago.

The England and Wales cricket board have claimed that there is no room for "complacency" with regards to banishing cheating from cricket following the charge of English cricketer Mervyn Westfield.

The former Essex seamer pleaded guilty to two counts of corruption during a Pro40 match against Durham in September 2009.

The Board released a statement, which said: "This case has clearly demonstrated that there can be no complacency with regard to the potential threat posed to all areas and levels of sport including our domestic game by corrupt activities.

"It has also highlighted the need to further enhance player education around this issue and the ECB ACCESS Unit will be working closely with all those involved in the professional game and the PCA towards this end.

"This case sends out a clear message to all players and officials that spot or match fixing is a criminal activity and punishable in law. We will, of course, continue to do our utmost to ensure that cricket is free from any corrupt activity."

Westfield will face sentencing on February 10.

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