IFA revealed that its new initiative will see it bestow €4 million to Interpol in each of the next two years in order to establish the dedicated FIFA Anti-Corruption Training Wing within Interpol’s Global Complex in Singapore followed by €1.5 million annually until 2021.
“The threat of match-fixing in sport is a major one and we are committed to doing everything in our power to tackle this threat,” said Joseph Blatter, President for Zurich-based FIFA.
“In the fight against illegal betting and match-fixing, the preventive measures that can be taken and the protection of players and integrity of the game are of the utmost importance. Joint work with the authorities and with Interpol is crucial for success and for this reason we are very pleased to announce this contribution today, which will further enhance our cooperation.”
FIFA stated that this will be its longest-ever funded initiative and is set to ‘target illegal and irregular betting and match-fixing’ by providing ‘cutting-edge training, education and prevention to protect the sport, the players and the fans from fraud and corruption’.
FIFA also unveiled the formation of its internal Betting Integrity Investigation Task Force, which will comprise members of its legal division and security department alongside those from Early Warning System GmbH.
“By funding a long-term corruption prevention training programme to be designed and implemented by Interpol, the world’s largest international police institution with 188 member countries, to counter transnational organised crime’s attempts to corrupt the sport and its players, officials and administrators, FIFA has taken a significant step towards ensuring the integrity of football worldwide,” said Ronald Noble, Secretary General for Interpol,” Blatter said.
“As Interpol and FIFA look to the future, basing this anti-corruption initiative at Interpol’s upcoming Global Complex in Singapore while delivering training programmes from Interpol’s regional bureaus and offices all over the world will help both Interpol and FIFA achieve their common goal of keeping the world’s most popular sport free of the corrupt influences of transnational organised crime syndicates.”
“Illicit betting and match-fixing rings have demonstrated their global reach to fundamentally undermine football from one continent to another by corrupting administrators, officials and players and they require a global response.”
“Today’s agreement between Interpol and FIFA, therefore, provides a unique opportunity to challenge corruption both on and off the pitch,” he concluded.