16 Jan 2020
FIFA has today launched a new and enhanced integrity toolkit that aims to protect the integrity of football and help member associations and confederations to strengthen and further enhance existing measures in place to protect national and regional-level football matches and competitions from match manipulation.
Building on the successful integrity programme developed and implemented during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and last year during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ as well as other existing education and prevention programmes and measures in football, FIFA and its dedicated Integrity Department have developed several updated and new integrity resources to be used and implemented by key stakeholders across football.
FIFA has developed a practical handbook for its member associations as well as the confederations, which will serve as a practical guide on how to build and/or strengthen their own integrity initiatives to protect football competitions from match manipulation. It outlines the standard steps and best-practice measures to implement successful integrity initiatives on a day-to-day basis. FIFA is also offering a series of topic-specific posters to support these initiatives.
FIFA’s new Integrity e-Learning Tutorial is aimed at educating individuals involved in football about the threat of match manipulation. It describes the applicable regulations that have been put in place by FIFA, explains various forms of integrity-related misconduct and outlines how to correctly report match-manipulation approaches or incidents.
The updated integrity materials developed by FIFA as outlined above show the standard steps and best practices that member associations and confederations should use and implement as a day-to-day reference tool to promote integrity and protect national and regional football competitions from match manipulation.
Speaking about the new resources, Oliver Jaberg, FIFA’s Deputy Chief Legal & Compliance Officer and Director of Integrity and Institutional Legal, said:
“In line with FIFA’s continued commitment to safeguard the integrity of football around the world, it is crucial that we continue to develop new and innovative resources that our stakeholders can use to further strengthen football across all areas – both on and off the pitch.
“As an important step in helping to protect the integrity of football competitions at national and regional level as well as to prevent match manipulation, FIFA is excited to have developed several new integrity resources and materials that provide member associations and confederations with specific assistance on best practice in football. The ultimate aim is to support and develop stronger integrity structures – as well as long-term, sustainable education and prevention programmes and promotional initiatives – that safeguard the integrity of football.”
To access the integrity posters and promotional materials, please click HERE.
19 Dec 2019
The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Ariel Alvarado, former President of the Panamanian Football Association (FEPAFUT), former member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf), and former FIFA standing committee member, guilty of bribery in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
The investigation proceedings against Mr Alvarado concerned bribery schemes between 2009 and 2011 in relation to matches organised by FEPAFUT as well as Concacaf media and marketing rights.
In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Alvarado had breached art. 27 (Bribery and corruption) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and, as a result, sanctioned him with a ban for life on taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. Additionally, a fine in the amount of CHF 500,000 has been imposed on Mr Alvarado.
The decision was notified to Mr Alvarado today, the date on which the ban comes into force, and has been published on legal.fifa.com. A direct link to the decision is accessible here.
13 Dec 2019
The Brussels Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Doyen Sports Investments and Belgian club FC Seraing seeking the illegality of FIFA's Third Party Ownership (TPO) and Third Party Influence (TPI) rules. FIFA's TPO and TPI rules are set out in article 18bis and 18ter of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP).
In the decision, which was handed down on 12 December 2019, the Court of Appeal acknowledges the full effect of res judicata -a final judgment no longer subject to appeal- of the Court of Arbitration for Sports award on the same matter rendered on 9 March 2017 and of the judgement of the Swiss Federal Tribunal rendered on 20 February 2018, and confirms the validity of the disciplinary decisions rendered by the FIFA disciplinary committees which sanctioned FC Seraing for having violated the TPO and TPI rules. On top of that, the Brussels Court of Appeal confirms that the appellants did not bring to the Court convincing arguments to doubt about the legitimate objectives of the FIFA rules.
FIFA's Chief Legal Officer, Emilio García, commented on this new ruling as follows: "Once again, an independent court declares that there is no reason to doubt about the validity of FIFA's rules on TPO and TPI under the applicable law. These FIFA rules are indispensable for preserving the independence of clubs and players and for ensuring the integrity of matches and competitions".
The ruling passed by the Brussels Court of Appeal also decided to impose the costs of the proceedings on Doyen Sports and FC Seraing.