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Unanimous approval for integrity resolution

Published: Thursday 27 March 2014, 8.16CET
UEFA's 54 member associations have adopted an 11-point resolution entitled 'European football united for the integrity of the game' aimed at tackling match-fixing and corruption.

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Astana 2014

The XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress took place on Thursday 27 March 2014 at the Palace of Independence in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The main items on the agenda were:

• The annual reports of the UEFA President and the Executive Committee, and the annual report of the UEFA administration for 2012/13

• Reports on the activities of the UEFA committees

• Financial matters including the annual UEFA consolidated statement of accounts for 2012/13 and the budget for the 2014/15 financial year

• Amendments to the UEFA Statutes

London 2013

The XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress took place on Friday 24 May 2013 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London,

The main items on the agenda were:
 
• The annual reports of the UEFA President and the UEFA Executive Committee, and the annual report of the UEFA administration for 2011/12;
• Reports on the activities of UEFA's committees; 
• Financial matters including the annual UEFA consolidated statement of accounts for 2011/12 and the budget for the 2013/14 financial year;
• Elections to the Executive Committee; 
• A resolution on 'European football united against racism'; 
• Application of the Football Association of Gibraltar for UEFA membership
Published: Thursday 27 March 2014, 8.16CET

Unanimous approval for integrity resolution

UEFA's 54 member associations have adopted an 11-point resolution entitled 'European football united for the integrity of the game' aimed at tackling match-fixing and corruption.

UEFA's 54 member associations today unanimously adopted an 11-point resolution entitled 'European football united for the integrity of the game' at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress, held at the Palace of Independence in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The resolution, presented by Aleksander Čeferin, the UEFA Legal Committee's second vice-chairman, is aimed at dealing with match-fixing and corruption and addresses five specific topics: education, regulation, reporting, law enforcement and strong sanctions. In adopting the resolution, the UEFA member associations agreed to:
• educate their domestic football family by having a coherent plan for education and protection/prevention
• harmonise their regulations (minimum standards/abolish statute of limitations)
• implement reporting systems/procedures
• cooperate with domestic law enforcement agencies
• implement strong sanctions for any persons involved in match-fixing

"We are requesting that UEFA's member associations align themselves with UEFA – and have our full support – in order to tackle this scourge, which is a real threat to the soul of our sport," said UEFA President Michel Platini.

From a regulatory perspective, UEFA has recently amended its disciplinary regulations to combat the risk of match-fixing, so that match-fixing, bribery and/or corruption are not subject to any statute of limitations. Additionally, these regulations provide UEFA with the possibility to implement strict sanctions as part of the zero-tolerance approach against this menace. This is also aligned to UEFA's policy of cooperation with police forces across Europe.

The UEFA President also took the opportunity to present Alina Stetenco, Moldova's women's under-17 coach, to the UEFA Congress. Miss Stetenco provided key information that helped lead to the recent lifetime suspension from football of a Moldovan official for his attempt to manipulate the outcome of a UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship match last August.

"Alina has said no," the UEFA President said to the Congress attendees. "She has said no to match-fixing, no to intimidation and no to corruption in football. She stood up for what she believed in and that is why she deserved a standing ovation today. She has set the example we need to follow."

Preserving football's integrity clip

As part of the education process, UEFA will provide integrity officers at each UEFA member association with additional "Recognise, Reject and Report" campaign material to be presented and distributed to their clubs and teams participating in UEFA competitions. Integrity officers act as the liaison between the football authorities and state law enforcement agencies with respect to suspected match-fixing. They exchange information and experience with the UEFA administration, monitor disciplinary proceedings and coordinate relevant action, as well as organising invaluable education programmes for players, referees and coaches.

The tools at UEFA's disposal will also be enhanced to facilitate reporting. In addition to the Betting Fraud Detection System (BFDS) and the establishment of the integrity officer network, UEFA has implemented a four-language phone service, and from 1 July 2014, will launch a seven-language Integrity website to support the reporting process via UEFA.org.

As part of the prevention and detection campaign, via the BFDS, UEFA tracks more than 30,000 matches in UEFA and domestic competitions per season and transmits irregular betting pattern information – which concerns approximately 0.7% of matches played – to the integrity officers in UEFA's member associations.

Last updated: 09/05/14 1.57CET

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