Sportradar attends inaugural UEFA match-fixing working group meeting
At the inaugural UEFA match-fixing working group meeting, Michel Platini has spoken of the “sad and serious reality” of match-fixing, and emphasised the commitment to ridding the game of it.
UEFA President Michel Platini has stressed the determination of European football to eliminate what he called the “scourge” of match-fixing, as the relationship on the issue between UEFA and key stakeholders took a crucial step
“Match-fixing is not a fantasy; it is a reality, a sad and serious reality,” said Mr Platini at the meeting in Nyon. The UEFA President urged full cooperation between the football authorities, state authorities and law enforcement agencies in the fight against match-fixing, emphasising that sports bodies cannot conduct the fight alone.
“UEFA and its member associations are aware of the fact that the football authorities do not have the means to deal with the problem of match-fixing themselves,” he added. “We are doing our utmost, believe me, but our powers and perogatives are limited, because we are not judges or prosecutors, nor are we police officers.
“It is only by working hand in hand with government authorities and law enforcement bodies that we can eradicate this scourge once and for all.”
UEFA has made the fight against match-fixing one of its key priorities. “UEFA remains vigilant and aware of the fact that match-fixing is the greatest danger that threatens our sport,” the UEFA President continued. “Without its unpredictable character sport loses its charm, spirit and profound sense. The heart of football, the game and its soul are affected.”
The UEFA President, together with UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and UEFA disciplinary and integrity officials, were joined at the House of European Football by state and national football association prosecutors, police and crime prevention officials, and betting and gambling experts from numerous European countries in what was the first official exchange between all parties involved in combatting match-fixing.
The meeting also heard about Sportradar’s sophisticated Betting Fraud Detection System, in which more than 30,000 matches in UEFA and domestic competitions are monitored each year for illegal betting activities, and UEFA’s establishment of a network of integrity officers in each association, in particular to act as liaison officer for cooperation between the football authorities and state law enforcement agencies. In turn, UEFA was informed by its guests about how the countries present are approaching match-fixing, especially from a legal point of view.