- Team briefings raise awareness about potential threats to the integrity of the game
- FIFA takes zero tolerance approach to match manipulation
- Players and officials urged to recognise it, resist it, report it
The best way to safeguard the integrity of football is for all stakeholders to work together. In recent weeks, FIFA has been impressed with the level of support shown by the participating member associations (MAs) in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ to help raise awareness about potential threats to the game.
Leading up to the tournament, FIFA, in collaboration with the respective confederations, organised regional integrity workshops with the individuals who have been appointed by each MA to be their single point of contact for integrity matters, which includes match manipulation.
The objective of the workshops was to provide information about FIFA’s specific preventive measures for protecting the integrity of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The MA representatives were also given tips, tools and templates for running their own briefings with their respective teams, while at the same time being encouraged to tailor these briefings based on the specificities of their region.
The MA-led integrity briefings that followed served to remind all players and officials that they might be potential targets of match fixers during the World Cup, and that they are required to report any potential breaches that may jeopardise the integrity of a match directly to FIFA. The briefings also provided an opportunity to raise awareness about FIFA’s zero tolerance approach as well as the relevant FIFA regulations.
Real world impact
FIFA provides a dedicated confidential reporting platform, BKMS, where individuals can report any form or knowledge of potential match manipulation or corruption. Reports can be submitted anonymously and the mechanism is administered by an external provider specialising in secure and confidential handling of sensitive information.
A new FIFA Integrity App is also available via the Apple and Google Play stores. The mobile app provides another confidential reporting platform to help fight against match manipulation and corruption.
FIFA’s integrity initiative focusses on five main areas: prevention, detection, intelligence-gathering, investigation and sanctions. The focus in 2018 and beyond is on further strengthening a global integrity initiative helping confederations and member associations to gain the necessary knowledge and capabilities to fight match manipulation at national level and to support the implementation of a range of preventive measures as well as to adopt long-term, sustainable approaches on ethics and integrity matters.
Recognise, resist, report is the anti-match manipulation protocol that FIFA promotes worldwide, with the continued support of football stakeholders.