News 17 October 2014

El Salvador to criminalise match-fixing

El Salvador is to become the latest nation to criminalise match-fixing, in an initiative launched by FIFA, Interpol and the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) to provide model regulations for criminalising match-fixing. ‘Confederation officials met with representatives of Interpol, FIFA, the Salvadoran Football Federation (FESFUT) and diverse Salvadoran government agencies to discuss the roadmap that will make match manipulation a crime under the nation’s law’, read a 15 October CONCACAF media release.

“I commend the Salvadoran Federation for its efforts in bringing all the participants together for this historic meeting, and fully maximizing the resources available from FIFA, Interpol and CONCACAF”, said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “We look forward to recreating this model in other Member Associations to further strengthen our position in the global fight against match manipulation”.

“The FIFA Interpol program has launched the second phase on building capacities on a national level in order to enhance the fight against match manipulation”, said Ralf Mutschke, the Director of FIFA’s Security Division. “With the assistance and engagement of CONCACAF and FESFUT, we are optimistic to further build up a global network of football to respond to this challenge posed by organised criminals.”

“We are heartened by the commitment of all stakeholders in El Salvador to tackle the threat posed by match-fixing in a systematic, coordinated way at national level and engage with their regional and international partners in football and law enforcement”, said Dr. Julie Norris, Interpol’s Integrity in Sport Programme Manager.

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