ICSS launches investigation unit with focus on high level corruption

Michael Hershman

May 18 – The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has set up a special investigations unit that can be hired to look into sports corruption.

Headed by ICSS Group CEO Michael Hershman the unit will be staffed by two ICSS Directors and experienced senior investigators, Fred Lord and Dale Sheehan.

“The establishment of a dedicated special investigations unit … aims to provide an important and independent investigations service for organisations and individuals across the sports industry,” said Hershman.

“With many governing bodies and organisations across the sports movement continuing to adapt their integrity and safeguarding resources, it was vital that the ICSS builds on its existing portfolio of projects within the sport integrity marketplace and formalises the creation of a structured and dedicated ICSS Special Investigations Unit that will provide an additional and dedicated integrity resource for Presidents, C-level executives, executive committees, General Counsels and outside law firms working in the sports industry.”

The unit will offer confidential investigation services, specialised training and independent integrity advice to support governing bodies, law enforcement, athletes and other stakeholders in sports.

It lists as areas it will work in as:Administrative corruption and misconduct; Fraud including match fixing, illegal betting and money laundering; Athlete Welfare including sexual harassment and abuse; Conflicts of Interest and Ethics’ cases; Human trafficking in the sports industry.

The ICSS has previously worked with the Victoria Police on match-fixing, the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) as well as compiling a report that found that more than 40% of matches in the Canada’s top soccer league were fixed and that the federation had made no attempt to intervene.

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