FIFA eager to intensify fight against match manipulation

FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the first FIFA Integrity Summit in Singapore | FIFA Image

FOOTBALL FIFA eager to intensify fight against match manipulation

Clive Kyazze 11:53 - 05.04.2024

The first FIFA Integrity Summit in Singapore brings together the guardians of the sport's integrity from across the globe.

According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the setting is more than just a meeting but a battlefield where strategies against match manipulation are drawn and alliances are forged.

"Match manipulation in football is something that we hear maybe less about in the news nowadays, but that does not mean that the threat has gone away," Infatino said on Thursday.

With football's allure as a multi-billion-dollar industry, the risk of corruption is ever-present, a shadow looming over the beautiful game.

"We must ensure that the playing field remains level and the game free of malevolent outside influences.”

"FIFA is committed to preventing and sanctioning all forms of match manipulation, corruption, and other unethical or illegal activities," Infantino added.

Infantino's announcement of the memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime heralds a new era in the fight against corruption.

Uganda Cranes players lead by captain Bevis Mugabi sing the national team before they faced Ghana in an international FIFA friendly in Morocco | FUFA Image

The Global Integrity Programme is a clarion call to arms, equipping the Member Associations with the tools and knowledge to combat match-fixing.

"This summit is a crucial platform for engaging in profound discussions about tackling match manipulation," Infantino added.

The Summit will conclude on Friday and the fight is far from over, but with unity and determination, the integrity of football will be preserved for generations to come.