October 27 – The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has just completed a week-long integrity programme for players and officials across the territory.
Developed for the HKFA by Sportradar, the programme focused on educating and protecting players from potential match fixing approaches.
“As guardians of the game of football in Hong Kong, it’s vital that we remain proactive in doing what we can to ensure our players and match officials are provided with the knowledge to be able to avoid match fixing situations,” said HKFA CEO Mark Sutcliffe (pictured).
Match-fixing in Hong Kong led to a 10-month jail sentence for one first division player in 201), and Sportradar Head of Education, Integrity Services, Danny Sears said there “are more contemporary examples.”
“The programme is a positive and reassuring initiative designed to educate and protect those involved in the territory’s football whilst deterring future manipulations. Unfortunately, match fixing is already a reality in Hong Kong, as it is in the rest of the world.”
A total of 16 workshops were delivered to both Premier League and Division One Clubs in Hong Kong. A representative from Sportradar also presented to approximately 100 match officials at a HKFA Referee workshop that took place at Olympic House.
The programme features unique and tailored educational and training workshops for players and officials, using interactive learning and real-life situations to highlight the potential risks and circumstances of match fixing. Each session was delivered in English and Cantonese.
The integrity education programmes are part of Sportradar’s world-leading Fraud Prevention Service (FPS).
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