Sportradar attends INTERPOL conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Representatives from law enforcement, football associations and the betting industry met in Malaysia for INTERPOL’s international conference ‘Match fixing: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game’ to identify the tactics used by organized crime networks behind this global threat to the sport and boost prevention efforts.
Some 200 participants from 43 countries attended the two-day conference (20 and 21 February) organized by INTERPOL’s Integrity in Sport unit, as part of the joint INTERPOL/FIFA Training, Education and Prevention initiative, and in partnership with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Acting President of the AFC, Zhang Jilong told delegates; “We need to admit that match-fixing is a real danger to football’s ethical values and needs to be eliminated to preserve the sanctity of the sport.
With the conference just one day after the announcement that China’s football association has banned 33 players and officials for life after a three-year probe into match-fixing, INTERPOL’s Director of Capacity Building and Training, Dale Sheehan said it was essential that all those involved in combating this crime join resources and ‘take back the game of football’.
“Criminals can make millions in illicit profits from match-fixing with little risk of being detected and will exploit every opportunity. By bringing together partners we are raising awareness and understanding of the problem,” said Mr Sheehan.
High on the conference agenda were current and anticipated future trends in match-fixing and irregular/illegal betting and the adverse influence of the Asian betting markets and organized crime on football.
Identifying current good practice, ways of enhancing good governance and the importance of protecting players and initiatives in training, education, prevention and investigation were also key issues which were discussed.