CSCF and Maltese Police deliver 5th IntegriSport Next match-fixing seminar

April 29 – The CSCF Sport Integrity Group and the  Malta Police Force have completed the IntegriSport Next national Awareness Raising Session on match-fixing.

The event was the fifth in the IntegriSport Next  programme of which there will be six in total over the two years of the EU funded project.

The seminar focused on issues around match-fixing from perspective of sport betting, virtual currencies, related criminal offences (corruption, fraud, money laundering), policy making and co-operation.

The programme is targeted as law enforcement agencies and judicial authorities.

The session in Malta brought together leading experts and representatives the CSCF and the Malta Police Force, and representatives from leading national and international decision-making organization including FIFPRO and Interpol.

“The Awareness Session of IntegriSport Next gave us the opportunity to bring together in one place all the main actors working directly or indirectly to combat this phenomenon, not only locally but also internationally, including CSCF, GLMS, CoE, Interpol and FIFPRO. Even though we are a small country, this is a fact that rarely happens, and thanks to the project we had two full days where we all sat down and openly discussed policies, challenges, and possible solutions to a problem that we all recognized, however, with still many gaps that need coordinated actions,” said Maltese Police  Inspector Anthony Scerri.

Dr. Norbert Rubicsek, former Lt. Colonel at the Hungarian Police and CSCF Director, added “One of the objectives of IntegriSport Next is to enhance the collaboration between stakeholders of our partners in fighting against sport manipulation. The meeting with the Maltese stakeholders on the activities of the Maltese National Platform was a great example of this important point. We had a comprehensive exchange of thoughts and ideas on mutual operational measures against match-fixers.”

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