Fixing in sports originates from greed, says Shah Rukh Khan

Last Updated: Aug 08, 2013, 14:32 PM IST

Mumbai: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who owns the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) cricket team, feels match fixing takes place out of greed and is prevalent all over the world.

The Indian Premier League, in which Shah Rukh`s team KKR is a participant, was recently embroiled in allegations of betting and spot-fixing by some players.

"Fixing has been there all over the world. Wherever there will be people betting, there will be fixing. It is not specifically in cricket, fixed matches are there in EPL (English Premier League)...And in some other sports," SRK told reporters here last evening at an event while replying to a media query.

"It is an international phenomena. When people are going to bet and where betting is legal, even there it happens. So there will always be elements who are greedy, who succumb to stuff like this. This is in every profession including films, journalism and sports," the superstar said.

Shah Rukh, 47, feels as long as there is greed, betting will happen.

"It (IPL) is a good thing for India and youngsters. One does not like the idea of match fixing, it is the worst possible thing to accept. One would like to eradicate, clean it. But as long as there will be greed it will be there, we need to deal with it," he said.

On the occasion, the actor also expressed sorrow over the recent killing of five soldiers on the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

"I heard about it... It is sad. We respect and honour them (jawans) as the fact is that they lay down their lives for our safety. It is a personal loss, it is mourning time. I pray for the families. We should bow our head down and salute them," he said.

PTI