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08 May 2014

Empowering members of the football community to respond to match-manipulation focus of INTERPOL-FIFA training at UEFA

NYON, Switzerland – Preparing Integrity Officers tasked with establishing the facts and investigating reports of match-fixing and match-manipulation in football was the focus of the INTERPOL-FIFA Fact Finders Course hosted at the headquarters of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

The four-day (5 – 8 May) comprehensive and innovative training course has been developed in response to the current issues faced by the football community when investigating an allegation of match-manipulation.

It aims to build the national capacity of FIFA’s member associations to conduct effective inquiries and enable a coordinated, comprehensive response to suspicious incidents of potential match-manipulation.

Building on the cooperation developed with UEFA, the course was rolled out as a pilot project to train the network of Integrity Officers of several national football associations throughout Europe.

The training course is a key component of the 10-year initiative established between INTERPOL and FIFA in May 2011 to develop and implement a Training, Education and Prevention Programme with respect to enhancing awareness around match-fixing and corruption in football.

INTERPOL’S Integrity in Sport Unit, in partnership with the FIFA Security Division, has developed a multi-faceted programme to assist football associations, government departments, law enforcement agencies and other relevant stakeholders in developing coordinated strategies to tackling match-fixing, incorporating stakeholders on national, regional and international levels.