On 4 and 5 March, IACA co-sponsored Interpol’s two-day workshop, “Tackling Match-Fixing and Corruption in Football”. The event was supported by the Austrian Ministry of Interior, the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) and the Association for Protecting Integrity in Sports.
Martin Kreutner, Dean of IACA, Ralf Mutschke, FIFA Head of Security, and Leo Windtner, President of ÖFB, warmly welcomed all participants to the Academy and stressed the importance of this workshop and its subject.
John Abbot, Chair of Interpol’s Steering Group, “Integrity in Sports”, led discussions between sport integrity experts and many of the region’s important stakeholders. The main aim of the event was to enhance awareness and increase knowledge on issues such as game manipulation, irregular betting, and match-fixing in football. During coffee breaks, participants were given the opportunity to discuss the outcomes of the seminar and network. Among the speakers during this two-day event was former Italian football player Simone Farina, who talked about his personal experience concerning blowing the whistle on bribery in professional football. Cooperation on corruption in football is ongoing, in particular with regard to the exchange of information, evaluation mechanisms, and legal regulations.