Match-fixing always requires someone on the field of play who is manipulating the game and influencing the result in the desired direction for the fixers. UEFA is working on detecting and pursuing this behaviour which ultimately destroys the integrity of the sport.
UEFA is following a strict zero-tolerance policy, and serious sanctions (including lifetime bans from football) have been imposed in cases where players, officials or referees were found guilty of breaching these provisions.
The need for cooperation between sports bodies and public authorities
Close cooperation involving the exchange of information between public authorities and sports bodies is essential. Indeed, it is vital that criminal investigations can benefit from a good insight into the unique features of the sports sector and sports betting markets. This would be of assistance in the detection and prosecution of serious crime.
At the same time, disciplinary measures taken by the sporting authorities (often using information made available as a result of a state criminal investigation) can serve as an effective deterrent for those in the sporting community. The effective application of sporting sanctions will generally depend on the existence of a close working relationship between sports bodies and state authorities, so that intelligence obtained in the context of criminal investigations is readily imparted to sports bodies for the purposes of their own disciplinary procedures.
All in all, there seems to be a consensus calling for the establishment of appropriate means of sharing information between sports disciplinary services and public investigatory and prosecuting authorities. Close collaboration and direct communication between the different parties is paramount.
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