Match manipulation has become a major issue for many global sports organisations and this week, FIFA, one of the first international sports federations to address this issue, participated in two key events to highlight its ongoing commitment to combating match manipulation.
In conjunction with the Chinese Football Association (CFA), FIFA’s Security Director Ralf Mutschke met with members of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and General Administration of Sports in China (GASC) to discuss the recent reforms to football in China which include the signing of integrity declarations, independent checks at football matches and the establishment of a specialised disciplinary processes between the MPS and the GASC to monitor and address suspect behaviours which could indicate match manipulation.
Keen to intensify its fight against match manipulation in Asia FIFA representatives stressed the importance of strengthening co-operation and increasing the exchange of information. FIFA and its subsidiary Early Warning System (EWS) will work closely with the CFA to provide education and support to its clubs, players and referees on how to prevent match fixing before the beginning of the new football season in China this March.
FIFA will continue in its ongoing efforts to combat match manipulation through a variety of initiatives, which includes the Early Warning System, education programmes and a dedicated hotline.