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21 February 2013

INTERPOL conference says coordination essential to combat match-fixing

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Effective partnerships through enhanced cooperation and information sharing were identified as key areas to more effectively combat match-fixing in football by delegates at an INTERPOL conference.

The importance of consistent legislation globally in relation to ‘sporting fraud’ was also highlighted by the some 170 representatives from law enforcement, international organizations including FIFPro, Sportaccord, national football associations, betting organizations and gambling regulatory authorities.

The two-day conference (20 and 21 February) entitled ‘Match-fixing: The ugly side of the beautiful game’ organized under the auspices of the INTERPOL / FIFA Training, Education and Prevention initiative, supported by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The need to develop and implement a broad range of prevention activities through education and training was also highlighted as vital in protecting football from organized crime and professional criminals which make billions from illegal betting through match-fixing and other associated illegal activities.

The conference for representatives from national Football Associations and law enforcement was INTERPOL’s first match-fixing conference in Asia.