Following the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed by The Football Association (FA) and the Slovak Football Association (SFZ) last month, FIFA can today confirm the extension of further sanctions related to these cases.
In England, one more player, Moses Swaibu, has been sanctioned by The FA with an interim suspension from all football-related activities after being charged by the UK National Crime Agency with the criminal offence of conspiracy to defraud.
In Slovakia, the SFZ Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by players Marek Božoň and Ivan Žiga, which had suspensive effect, and confirm the decisions of the SFZ Disciplinary Committee to sanction the players with 18-year and 25-year suspensions respectively. The suspensions are in connection with manipulation of several matches in the Slovak Corgoň Liga (top division) in the 2013-2014 season.
In both cases, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the sanctions to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 78 paragraph 1(c) and article 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. The decisions by the chairman were duly notified to the respective member associations on 24 February 2014.
For follow-up questions as to the substance of the decisions, media are kindly requested to contact the relevant confederation or member association.
FIFA continues to work closely with its member associations and the confederations to tackle match manipulation. As part of a ten-year programme of collaboration with INTERPOL, regional workshops involving key stakeholders are being held all over the world while recently launched e-learning programmes are also helping to educate players, coaches and referees on the dangers of match manipulation to help them to avoid becoming victims of this threat to football integrity.
Other initiatives include the signing of an integrity declaration by officials, the monitoring of the betting market via FIFA’s subsidiary Early Warning System (EWS) and the setting up of an e-learning ethics tool, an integrity hotline and e-mail address and a confidential reporting system.