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02 March 2012 - Media release

INTERPOL Chief praises appointment of Ralf Mutschke as head of newly-created FIFA Security Division

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has welcomed FIFA’s appointment of Ralf Mutschke as Director of the FIFA Security Division as a positive step in global efforts against match-fixing as well as illegal and irregular betting in football.

“FIFA's decision to appoint Ralf Mutschke to head its Security Division should be applauded. With 33 years' experience, both national and international, at one of the finest police agencies in the world and with the impeccable reputation for integrity that Mr Mutschke enjoys, FIFA has found the right person to fulfill its commitment to keep football clean and safe,” said Secretary General Noble.

The Head of INTERPOL again underlined the world police body’s commitment to helping stamp out all types of crime affecting the integrity of the sport and match security, and said that the collaboration that already exists between FIFA and INTERPOL in tackling the issue of match-fixing could only become even closer with Mr Mutschke’s appointment.

“Mr Mutschke served as INTERPOL's Director of Regional and National Police Services between 2000 and 2002 where his responsibilities included the coordination of INTERPOL’s activities with all of our member countries’ National Central Bureaus in a wide range of crime areas.  Much of the focus of his Directorate then was capacity building, so we can expect the INTERPOL-FIFA initiative against match-fixing as well as illegal and irregular betting to become even stronger in the months and years ahead," added Mr Noble.

"The current Head of Security, Chris Eaton, has laid a strong foundation in FIFA's efforts to fight match-fixing and corruption in football.  As the INTERPOL Secretary General who has served with them both, I am confident that Ralf Mutschke's commitment to keeping corruption out of football will be unmatched," concluded Secretary General Noble.

Mr Mutschke, a senior manager at the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA), will take up his appointment on 1 June 2012.

In 2011 INTERPOL created its Integrity in Sport Unit as part of the 10-year venture agreed between FIFA and INTERPOL to target match-fixing and illegal and irregular betting across the globe.