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12 May 2014

CONCACAF signs agreement with INTERPOL to combat match-fixing

INTERPOL and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) have signed a formal cooperation agreement aimed at intensifying the ongoing work to combat match-fixing in football.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations will enhance joint efforts to safeguard the integrity of the sport through the sharing of resources and experiences in relation to sports integrity initiatives.

“At CONCACAF we are determined to eradicate this scourge from football through education, surveillance and sanction of those involved in any unethical and unlawful behaviour that would undermine the legitimate nature of the game,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

“Working together with INTERPOL will allow us to tap into their vast expertise in this area. The football family must continue to play an intrinsic part on the battle against match fixing. However, we mustn’t forget to work in partnership with all other stakeholders, such as other sports, governments, media, fans and society as a whole,” added Webb.

The MoU covers the areas of coordinated training programmes and educational workshops against match-fixing and corruption in sports for players, referees and officials within all three regions of CONCACAF.

“This agreement formalizes the extremely constructive and fruitful relationship between INTERPOL and CONCACAF, as seen by the joint initiatives we have already delivered to our member countries,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“We are united in our determination to protect the ‘beautiful game’ and in our collective commitment  to educate and  support all those involved in this fight – including law enforcement, players and officials – to ensure the public can maintain confidence  in the integrity of all sports,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

In January 2013, CONCACAF co-hosted the joint INTERPOL-FIFA Integrity in Sport workshop in New York and participated in a similar workshop in Guatemala in 2012.