Monumental step taken vs. match manipulation
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(ABOVE) Participants at the FIFA/Interpol Partnership Development meeting in El Salvador.

MIAMI - CONCACAF’s crusade against match manipulation took a monumental step last week in El Salvador, where Confederation officials met with representatives of Interpol, FIFA, the Salvadoran Football Federation (FESFUT) and diverse Salvadoran government agencies to discuss the roadmap that will make match manipulation a crime under the nation’s law. 

Participating Salvadoran government organizations included the Supreme Court of Justice, National Sports Institute, Nacional Civil Police and the Attorney General’s Office. 

“I commend the Salvadoran Federation for its efforts in bringing all the participants together for this historic meeting, and fully maximizing the resources available from FIFA, Interpol and CONCACAF.” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “We look forward to recreating this model in other Member Associations to further strengthen our position in the global fight against match manipulation.” 

The meetings held in San Salvador were the first of their kind in the CONCACAF region.  The joint effort to bring together all relevant stakeholders from outside of the football umbrella is aimed at building stronger ties to enhance the fight against match manipulation. 

“The FIFA Interpol program has launched the second phase on building capacities on a national level in order to enhance the fight against match manipulation,” said Ralf Mutschke, FIFA’s Director of Security Division.  “With the assistance and engagement of CONCACAF and FESFUT, we are optimistic to further build up a global network of football to respond to this challenge posed by organized criminals.” 

Added Dr. Julie NORRIS, Interpol’s Integrity in Sport the Programme Manager: “We are heartened by the commitment of all stakeholders in El Salvador to tackle the threat posed by match-fixing in a systematic, coordinated way at national level and engage with their regional and international partners in football and law enforcement.”