Representatives of the stakeholders in European professional football (FIFPro, UEFA y EPFL) today officially received the Don't Fix It Good Practice Guide, which is designed to help professional football players' associations play their part in efforts to protect their members and to protect football from match-fixing and other threats to integrity.
At the start of the two-day closing conference of the Don't Fix It project, this Tuesday in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Birkbeck University's Dr. Andrew Harvey handed out the first Good Practice Guides to FIFPro Secretary General Theo van Seggelen, UEFA Professional Football Affairs Manager Mattias Grafström and EPFL General Secretary Georg Pangl.
The Good Practice Guide is one of the main results of the joint education and prevention campaign from FIFPro, UEFA, Birkbeck University and the European Union.
Dr. Harvey: "The principle that underpins the Good Practice Guide is that each country faces its own particular problems. As a consequence, it is necessary for each country to develop its own solutions and design its own interventions in order to tackle match-fixing."
This 40-page guide is partially based on the findings from the research performed by Dr. Harvey and nine professional footballers' associations among nearly 2,000 players, but also draws on lessons from the fields of social marketing, psychosocial studies, behavioural economics and motivational psychology.
The Guide addresses the following principles and suggestions:
- Influencing behaviour
- Involvement of stakeholders
- Establishment of national task forces
- Decent wages and wages paid on time
- Good governance
- Clear rules
- Code of Conduct
- Player education
- Reporting mechanisms
The Guide includes several case studies about different initiatives from some unions, such as the mobile app launched by the Finnish players' association JPY ("Players Red Button"). This device gives players the opportunity to secretly and confidentially report attempts to manipulate matches.
The Good Practice Guide will be distributed among all participants in this project, including the members and representatives of the nine professional footballers' associations that participated in the Don't Fix It project: AIC Italy, AFAN Romania, HLSZ Hungary, JPY Finland, NISO Norway, PFA England, PFA Scotland, PSAP Greece and SPINS Slovenia. They will set to work in their own country with the Good Practice Guide, to strengthen their network and, for example, to develop or improve their promotional programmes.
FIFPro will also be concentrating on its other members. Match-fixing is, after all, a problem that must be tackled worldwide. With the help of the Good Practice Guide, FIFPro also expects to be able to develop networks and promotional programmes with a large number of its other 46 members.
Tony Higgins, Don't Fix It chair and FIFPro Division Europe Vice President: "This Good Practice Guide is a significant step in our fight against match-fixing. It will help us and our unions to develop structural policies to fight match-fixing."
- Published: 16 December 2013