Mumbai: Describing the IPL spot-fixing scandal unfortunate, former India football captain Baichung Bhutia said betting should be legalized in the country to stop corruption in cricket.

"In Europe betting is legalized and you don't come across such scams everyday in football like you get to see it in cricket. I think legalizing would make it better," Bhutia said on the sidelines of a Football Players Association of India event in New Delhi on Thursday night.

"It is unfortunate. Players shouldn't be greedy. I think it was unnecessary. Just because of a few players you can't say the entire game is bad or the sport of cricket is bad. Only few players do it. The game is bigger than any player," he added.

Three cricketers, including India pacer S Sreesanth, have been arrested along with several bookies with underworld connections in the IPL spot-fixing scandal that has severely dented cricket's image in the country.

Back on the subject of football and All India Football Federation's proposed franchise-based tournament in January next year, Bhutia said, "It's very early to say. There will be little bit of hype with international football players coming and few more investors coming to the sport.”

"It can only motivate youngsters to make a good career out of the sport. It's going to be a World Cup of sorts."

(Agencies)

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