News 3rd November 2014

FIFA, FIFPro & Interpol launch campaign to fight match manipulation

FIFA, FIFPro and Interpol launched a global campaign to fight match manipulation at the FIFA Congress in Tokyo, on 30 October. ‘The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of match manipulation, to provide positive role models for players, and to educate them – and all other members of the football family – on how to recognise, resist and record any attempts made to manipulate matches’, read a 30 October FIFA media release.

Football’s governing body (FIFA), the international association of football player associations (FIFPro) are distributing a DVD – the trailer for which is available here – produced by the international police organisation (Interpol). It provides players with the key tools they need to help fight match manipulation and ensure that they understand and trust that the information submitted via the respective reporting mechanisms will be treated as strictly confidential.

“By the time any investigation into alleged match-fixing begins, the damage has already been done. This is why it is essential that the first line of defence – the players and others who control what happens on the pitch – is strengthened,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble. “Even the smallest and seemingly insignificant decision can have enormous consequences. This DVD is important in raising awareness about the determination and ease with which organised crime networks target individuals who can find themselves trapped in a downward spiral from which they cannot escape.”

The DVD features top football stars such as Frank Lampard, Sone Aluko and Kolo Touré, and two players who have been approached by match-fixers. The 15-minute video will be used to develop new integrity training programmes, but could also be incorporated into existing programmes delivered through the member associations and player unions.

FIFA, FIFPro and Interpol have implemented various measures in the fight against match manipulation, including FIFA’s confidential reporting system and FIFPro’s ‘Don’t Fix It’ initiative, as well as a series of programmes such as the e-learning programmes promoted by FIFA and Interpol as part of their ten-year partnership.

 

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