Tackling match-fixing in football focus of INTERPOL workshop in Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal – An INTERPOL training workshop is bringing together football administrators, players, referees, government representatives and law enforcement officials from across West Africa to improve awareness and understanding of corruption in football.
The two-day workshop (7 and 8 April), held in partnership with FIFA and the West African Football Union, seeks to identify ways of preventing match-fixing in the future by educating those involved of the potential risks.
Identifying the tactics used by match-fixers, ways to recognize and report them, and information exchange and methods for sharing good practice in protecting the integrity of sport are among the topics being addressed.
The workshop in Dakar – attended by 65 participants from Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone – was opened by Senegal’s Minister of Sports and Recreation, Mr Mbagnick Ndiaye.
INTERPOL conducts regional workshops in all areas of the world as part of the INTERPOL-FIFA joint initiative to raise awareness of the threat of match-fixing; educate and train key actors in football on how to recognize, resist and report attempts to corrupt or fix matches; and better prepare law enforcement in the investigation of match-fixing cases.
Sport brings people together, transcending differences in language, culture and beliefs. Unfortunately, enthusiasm for the sport is being exploited by criminals and organized crime groups for illegal purposes; therefore match-fixing has become a global challenge. The INTERPOL-FIFA joint initiative aims to protect the game, now and for future generations.