June 25 – The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) has signed its first co-operation agreement with a football confederation, agreeing with UEFA “to encourage dialogue aimed at safeguarding the long-term integrity of the game in Europe.”
“The agreement aims to use the organisations’ strengths to foster the development and implementation of the highest standards across sport in general, and football in particular, in the areas of good governance, integrity, ethics and the protection of vulnerable participants throughout Europe,” said a UEFA press release.
“The challenges facing sport and society cannot be resolved by individual action,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.
“Knowledge-sharing and constructive dialogue are essential to make sure that organisations are in the best position to tackle those issues. This agreement with SIGA is therefore an important step in this direction.”
SIGA is an independent organisation that has been ploughing an often lonely furrow in the sports integrity arena with its mission objective of effecting meaningful reforms and enhance the integrity of all sports through a set of universal standards.
SIGA CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros said: “This landmark Cooperation Agreement ushers in a new era for sport integrity. Founded on a strong reformist spirit, this agreement will give rise to an integrity programme of global standing and embed the highest standards of ethics and governance in the game across the European continent.
“UEFA and its President Aleksander Čeferin continue to blaze a trail for integrity in football. This is a shared pledge and sends a powerful signal to all organisations who care about integrity in sport. Now is the time to join with SIGA and UEFA, and support our proposals to deliver ‘clean sport’ at all levels.”
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