UEFA and INTERPOL to join forces in tackling football-related crime ahead of EURO 2012
NYON, Switzerland – During a meeting at UEFA Headquarters today, UEFA President Michel Platini and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble identified a number of areas for cooperation between the two organizations in tackling football-related crimes, including match-fixing and international security threats to EURO 2012 matches.
Mr Platini and Mr Noble agreed to work towards a memorandum of understanding to be signed in the near future that will reinforce the working relationship and exchange of information between the two organizations.
“For UEFA, the ongoing fight against match-fixing is one of the most important priorities in my second term as UEFA President,” said Mr Platini. “By agreeing to sign a memorandum of understanding with INTERPOL, and by working closely with their network and through our betting fraud detection system, the net is now tightening on those involved in match-fixing and illegal sports betting.”
INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble again underlined the world police body’s commitment to helping stamp out all forms of crime affecting the integrity of the sport and match security.
“Clearly match-fixing is a worldwide issue,” said the INTERPOL Chief. “INTERPOL is ideally placed to help UEFA, FIFA and all footballing professionals tackle the issue effectively at a global level, but at the same time it is important not to lose sight of other types of crime which can affect the sport.
“Following today’s meeting with the UEFA President, Michel Platini, I can confidently say that the collaboration that already exists between UEFA and INTERPOL in tackling the issue of match-fixing will become even closer,” Mr Noble added.
With INTERPOL already set to provide support ahead of and during the UEFA EURO 2012 final tournament, through the deployment of an INTERPOL Major Events Support Teams (IMESTs) to the two host countries, Poland and Ukraine, the framework is already in place for closer liaison in combating all forms of crime to better protect the sport, as well as its players, officials and fans.
As part of the support being provided by INTERPOL during UEFA EURO 2012, the IMESTs deployed to Poland and Ukraine will liaise with all of the world police body’s 190 member countries to facilitate the real-time exchange of messages and key police intelligence including fingerprints, wanted persons notices and data relating to stolen and lost travel documents and stolen motor vehicles.
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.
In addition to developing training workshops and e-learning programmes for both those directly involved in football and law enforcement, the unit will establish a network of dedicated contact points throughout the world ahead of the opening of the dedicated FIFA Anti-Corruption Training Wing within the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, due to become operational in early 2014.