Time to fight match-fixing together: FIFA president

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | April 06, 2024 IST

Gianni Infantino

New Delhi, April 6: FIFA president Gianni Infantino has told the first FIFA Integrity Summit that the threat of match manipulation has not gone away and can only be tackled if the world governing body and its Member Associations (MAs) join forces and fight it together.

The two-day event, which is taking place in Singapore in collaboration with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), is aimed at the integrity officers of the 211 MAs and the six confederations, reports ‘inside.fifa.com’.

Its main focus is to update them on global integrity trends, share best practices, present the new FIFA Integrity Handbook and Education Roadmap and explore relevant decisions from FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding match manipulation. In a video address played during the opening of the summit, Infantino said that, as a multi-billion-dollar industry, football would always be a tempting target for criminal activity.

"We must ensure that the playing field remains level and the game free of malevolent outside influences, because if it doesn't, then the very existence of our beloved sport will be under threat. We have to remain on our guard," he was quoted as saying by ‘inside.fifa.com’.

He further said that FIFA had signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria, in 2020, and this was renewed in New York last September. This collaboration led to the Global Integrity Programme, which aims to provide the MAs with the knowledge and tools to prevent and combat match-fixing. A key part of this commitment involves providing education and training to players, referees and integrity officers.

"FIFA is committed to preventing and sanctioning all forms of match manipulations, corruption and other unethical or illegal activities, but we can only do this with your help," Infantino stressed. "FIFA's Member Associations are responsible for combating and tackling match manipulation in their territories and nobody is immune from this threat." (IANS)

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