UEFA increases resource to tackle match-fixing and organised crime

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July 13 – UEFA have moved to increase the resources to fight against betting related match-fixing in European football.

A UEFA executive committee meeting before the Euro 2020 final in London examined a feasibility study into the fight against on-field corruption recommending that UEFA increase its match-fixing experts and investigators.

The study “demonstrated that intelligence, investigation, and prevention, are the main sectors that need to be strengthened to better fight match-fixing”, said a UEFA press release.

A key are identified isthe strengthening pf co-operation with international and local law authorities, as well as boosting support for those involved in fighting match-fixing at the national and international level.

This entails “developing a comprehensive education, awareness and training programme, developing and using additional technological tools to better identify integrity concerns and reinforcing the human resources at disposal,” said UEFA.

Catching the players involved in match-fixing is not generally treating the source of the problem. UEFA said that it will also apply resource to focussing on the criminal gangs behind the fixers.

“Additional resources will be invested to tackle and disrupt the operations of organised crime syndicates targeting European football matches and competitions by developing a closer collaboration with Law Enforcement Agencies in Europe,” said UEFA.

UEFA said the fight against match-fixing was crucial for the integrity of the game and to “prevent all methods or practices which might jeopardise the regularity of matches or competitions or give rise to the abuse of football and to promote and protect ethical standards and good governance in European football.”

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