To tackle match-fixing issues in the sport, European soccer’s governing body, Uefa, launched a new education program. The University of Lausanne’s School of Criminal Justice works in tandem with the Uefa to establish Fight the Fix, which functions as a support system for national associations’ representatives and integrity officers fighting match-fixing.
This new program prepares participants to identify, investigate and prosecute cases of match fixing. This is useful for gathering intelligence and investigative skills. In the fictitious match-fixing case that participants in the initiative solve, they perform all aspects of the investigation and intelligence process, including identification and prosecution, before performing a final mock sports arbitration session.
The initial FTF event convened at the Swiss headquarters of Uefa in late August. Called a detection phase, this meeting examined intelligence gathering. A follow-up online discussion and another in Rome focusing on prosecution rounded out the month's events.
UEFA fight against match-fixing
In order to keep the integrity of the sport intact, Uefa must remain at the forefront of any fight against match-fixing. Aleksander Ceferin, the president of this association, agrees with this statement.
In a successful first week, the First Task Force met to discuss the challenges of match-fixing with academics, international sporting organizations and practitioners. This included the sharing of ideas and information on the mechanisms used by athletes to alter results. The results were extremely positive, with UNIL associate professor Stefano Caneppele and Uefa’s managing director of integrity and regulatory Angelo Rigopoulos adding that the week was successful.
We wanted to thank all the presenters and attendees for their quality presentations and enthusiasm. We’re excited about meeting everyone at our next session on February 2023.
IBIA, an international integrity body, recorded 76 acts of suspicious betting in the third quarter of 2018. Of these 76 acts, 13 came from football — four were in countries belonging to the Uefa organization.