January 6 – FIFA has joined forces with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in a new campaign encouraging the football industry to raise awareness about global match-fixing.
The partnership wants players, coaches, and officials to report any suspicious activity or approaches from match-fixers to FIFA’s dedicated integrity experts.
“This new joint campaign between FIFA and UNODC. is a strong message about our absolute commitment and determination to eliminating match-fixing and corruption in football,” said FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
“In these unprecedented times marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that we work together with partners such as the UNODC to ensure that players, coaches and officials have the confidence to speak out against match-fixing, as well as any other integrity issues.“
The ‘Recover with Integrity’ campaign also drew the following remarks from UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly.
“Sports and sporting events are vital to our well-being, and they have a crucial role to play in helping our societies and economies recover from the pandemic. That is why we must work together to ensure that sport recovers with integrity. “
“The UNODC has joined forces with FIFA to support efforts aimed at preventing, detecting, reporting and sanctioning match-fixing and other forms of corruption in sport. Working with governments, sports organisations and all stakeholders, we can build on the UN Convention against Corruption to tackle match-fixing and keep sport fair for all.”
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