FIFPro has started its preparations for an education and prevention programme to fight match fixing in football. To realize this project - which has received a European Union grant - FIFPro will closely cooperate with Birkbeck University and UEFA.
In the past few years, the football world has realized that match fixing is one of the biggest threats to the game, maybe even its biggest threat. It is not solely a problem of individual countries, as recent reports and incidents have proven that match fixing is widespread in numerous nations on all continents: from Finland to Zimbabwe, from Malaysia to Italy.
In FIFPro's opinion, one of the ways to reduce the incidence of match fixing and the potential for match fixing in football is education of the players: the campaigns need to be taken into the dressing rooms of the clubs. Therefore, the worldwide footballers' association has initiated a project with Birkbeck, University of London. The project is called Don't Fix It.
The specific aims of the project are:
- To significantly raise awareness of the dangers of match fixing among players, referees, officials, administrators, organisations, and public authorities and to raise the ability of those involved in professional football to take effective action against match fixing.
- To improve the structural environment of professional football and reduce the conditions that lead to match fixing. Conditions include workplace bullying, harassment and intimidation, poor reporting mechanisms, inconsistent standards of conduct, and lack of expertise and knowledge among key football bodies and public authorities.
- To establish strong and relevant networks at national and European levels to take the lead in the fight against match fixing.
Birkbeck University will develop an education module based on the outcome of an in-depth academic research among professional footballers, to better understand the factors that lead to match fixing. The research will build on the FIFPro Black Book, that the worldwide players union presented in February this year.
Together with Birkbeck University, FIFPro will develop an online reporting mechanism that enables players, referees, officials and administrators to anonymously report suspected incidents of bullying, intimidation, harassment, and inappropriate approaches made to them to fix matches. This reporting mechanism will be aimed at 12,000 players and a total of approximately 20,000 individuals who may be at risk.
The Don't Fix It project will be launched in nine European countries with the assistance of national players' associations: England, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Romania, Scotland and Slovenia. Once the programme has been fully established, FIFPro expects that other countries will be able to join the Don't Fix It project.
In each of the nine project countries, so called focal points will be established, consisting of representatives of the players, referees, officials/administrators and public authority. They will report to a European Task Force Committee made up of representatives from FIFPro UEFA, Europol and the Joint Committees. This must lead to a strong network with people dedicated to the fight against match fixing.
Finally, FIFPro and UEFA will develop a joint Code of Conduct against match fixing, which will be implemented and monitored.
In June 2014, the Don't Fix It project will be finalized.
Use this link to download our project information pdf. This describes the details of the Don't Fix It project.
- Published: 16 December 2013