December 20 – The dates for the first Tackling Match-fixing conference has been released for March 9-10. To be held in Chelsea, London, at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, the conference will be the first dedicated to addressing the challenges faced by governing bodies, clubs and sports lawyers in addressing what is the biggest threat to the integrity of football worldwide.
Ettore Mazzilli, sports lawyer and president of the Rex Sport Association which is hosting the conference with Insideworldfootball, said: “There are too many issues that are just not being addressed when it comes to match-fixing. We are seeing more instances of fixes and are being asked as lawyers to deal with them, but most of the time we find our hands tied by inappropriate laws, or we just don’t have the knowledge or access to the tools, support or information to deal with the problem aggressively. This is new territory for all of us in sports law.”
The conference will see more than 20 speakers in 10 session over the one-and half days, with the chance to network at Gala Dinner at Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge on March 9. Attendees will include sports lawyers, international federations, sports governing bodies, and university professors and lecturers.
“Match-fixing is often rightly considered as the biggest threat to football and although dealt by the sport governing bodies as a disciplinary in many cases it crosses the borders of criminal law” said Rex Sport board member Efraim Barak, who is a CAS arbitrator, and the conference programme director.
“There is an increasing range of issues that we need to look at, from the institutional overlapping aspects within match-fixing and co-existence between criminal and sport discipline in fighting match fixing. We need to understand what was and is done now but also look ahead at the legal aspects that are yet to come up for decision,” continued Barak.
Speakers committed include senior legal representatives from FIFA as well as the UEFA and AFC confederations. Senior CAS officials and independent lawyers as well as CAS arbitrators will give their current approach to different aspects of match-fixing while representatives from Interpol, the EU, FIFPro and Sportradar have all signed up to share their expert knowledge.
The full schedule and speakers will be released in early January.
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