Goal is to end soccer gambling (3)

10:51, June 24, 2010      

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"I am happy for the victory achieved by either team and do not feel as if I am being 'driven by money' any more," he said.

Police in China have pledged to crack down on illegal gambling groups and online betting nationwide during the World Cup and Beijing police strengthened monitoring on the Internet before the game.

So far, police have arrested 189 suspects and seized gambling funds amounting to 960,000 yuan since they launched the campaign in the capital on April 11, according to Xinhua.net.

Online betting has become an "open secret" in China, according to Ren. More than 500 billion yuan was spent on online gambling in 2006 nationwide, Titan Sports Daily reported earlier this year.

Ren said some Netizens had sent him clues or evidence of online gambling organizers and he said he was considering collecting the information together and sending it to the public security department.

"The World Cup should be something that people watch for fun. Once money is involved, it will make our passion no longer pure. We should not let it happen," he said.
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