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In 2013, FIFPro joined forces with three partners to create an education and prevention programme for fighting match-fixing in football, Don't Fix It. To realize this project, which received a European Union grant, FIFPro closely cooperated with Birkbeck University and UEFA.

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 players: the campaigns need to be taken into the dressing rooms of the clubs.

The specific aims of this campaign 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 developed a Good Practice Guide 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 was built on the FIFPro Black Book, that the worldwide players union presented in February 2012.

FIFPro and UEFA developed a joint Code of Conduct against match-fixing.

The Don't Fix It project was launched in nine European countries with the assistance of national players' associations: England, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Romania, Scotland and Slovenia.


About our partners:

Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London's only specialist provider of evening higher education.

UEFA

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the administrative body for association football in Europe and, partially, Asia.

European Union

The European Commission represents the general interest of the EU and is the driving force in proposing legislation (to Parliament and the Council), administering and implementing EU policies, enforcing EU law (jointly with the Court of Justice) and negotiating in the international arena.