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Under-19s given match-fixing warning

Published: Tuesday 23 July 2013, 9.50CET
The eight teams at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship have each been given a presentation informing and warning them about the threat posed by match-fixing.
by Andrew Haslam
from Kaunas
Under-19s given match-fixing warning
A match-fixing prevention session at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Lithuania ©Sportsfile

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The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) adjudicatory chamber, chaired by José Narciso da Cunha Rodrigues, has taken decisions in the cases of four clubs that had been referred to it by the acting CFCB chief investigator, due to the presence of overdue payables balances The decisions of the CFCB adjudicatory chamber are as follows: FK Ekranas (LTU): The club is excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next two seasons (i.e. 2015/16 and 2016/17). The club has also been fined €15,000. CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU): The club is excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next three seasons (i.e. 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18), unless the club is able to prove by 31 January 2015 that the amounts that were identified as overdue payables on 30 September 2014 have been paid. In addition, CFR 1907 Cluj has also been fined €150,000. FC Astra Giurgiu (ROU): The club is excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next three seasons (i.e. 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18), unless the club is able to prove by 31 January 2015 that the amounts that were identified as overdue payables on 30 September 2014 have been paid. The club has also been fined €100,000. Bursaspor (TUR): The suspended exclusion imposed by the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) in 2012 comes into effect and Bursaspor is therefore excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next four seasons (i.e. 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19). The CFCB adjudicatory chamber has now imposed on Bursaspor a further exclusion (i.e. for a different season to the season in which the above-mentioned immediate exclusion applies) from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next four seasons (i.e. 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19). This new exclusion applies unless the club is able to prove by 31 January 2015 that the amounts that were identified as overdue payables on 30 September 2014 have been paid. The club has also been fined €100,000, half of which is suspended and will only fall due if the club is not able to prove by the above-mentioned deadline that it has paid the above amount of overdue payables.
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has taken the following decisions: Match: UEFA Champions League group D, RSC Anderlecht vs Galatasaray AŞ (2-0), played on 26 November in Belgium. RSC Anderlecht: Charges: Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2) (b) of UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Insufficient organisation (stairs blocked) – Art. 38 of UEFA Safety & Security Regulations; Setting off of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) (c) DR Sanctions: The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has ordered the partial closure of the RSC Anderlecht stadium during next (1) UEFA competition match in which RSC Anderlecht will play as the host club, and, in particular the sector N3 of the stadium. The club has also been fined €17,000. --- Match: European Qualifier group H,  Italy vs Croatia (1-1), played on 16 November in Milan: Italy: Charges: Setting off of fireworks (Article 16 (2) (c) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations); Sanctions: The Italian Football Federation has been fined €13,000. Croatia: Charges: Racist behaviour (Article 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations); crowd disturbances (Article 16 (2) (h) DR); setting off of fireworks and missiles (Article 16 (2) (b) & (c) DR Sanctions: The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has ordered the partial closure of the stadium during Croatia’s next (1) UEFA competition match in which Croatia will play as the host association. The sector to be closed should comprise of at least 8,000 seats. The Croatian Football Federation has been fined €80,000

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Published: Tuesday 23 July 2013, 9.50CET

Under-19s given match-fixing warning

The eight teams at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship have each been given a presentation informing and warning them about the threat posed by match-fixing.

"If you are found to be involved in match-fixing, you will be banned from football for life" – that has been the message to players at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Lithuania.

UEFA's fight against corruption in football has continued with presentations to each of the eight competing teams, plus the group of match officials, led by UEFA's intelligence coordinator Graham Peaker. "UEFA has a zero tolerance approach to match-fixing," he told his audience. "All football matches are to be played in a spirit of respect and fairness, with the outcome determined solely on the merits of the competing teams and the result uncertain until the match is completed."

The links between match-fixing and organised crime were emphasised, with Peaker pointing out that the currency involved comes from criminal activity and is a form of money laundering. UEFA monitors all matches in its competitions, plus all first and second division and cup games from each of its 54 member national associations throughout Europe. "That's around 32,000 matches each year in total," Peaker explained. "Any match that's manipulated is one too many."

There followed an explanation of how UEFA's betting fraud detection system (BFDS) works, and an explanation of the markets in Europe and Asia. UEFA is in close contact with betting companies to monitor irregular patterns. Furthermore, it works closely with FIFA and the integrity officers at every national association to investigate any possible offences and, if necessary, open disciplinary and even criminal proceedings. "Match-fixing is fraud," said Peaker.

To illustrate how much money is involved, Peaker provided some illuminating examples: it is estimated that more than €1bn was gambled on the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League final in Asia alone, and more than €500bn is legally gambled worldwide on sport every year. It was spelled out why matches are fixed – financial problems for players, coaches, clubs or referees – and how, following massive bets being placed in the Asian markets, key players are told to play a certain way to ensure their side lose. "When a match is fixed, there's always someone involved on the pitch," Peaker said.

UEFA is extremely active in the fight against match-fixing, investigating any games or players that give cause for concern. "Any guilty player will be sanctioned – he's out of the game for life," Peaker made clear. "It's tough but it has to be done." While such presentations help raise awareness, UEFA has also set up a hotline and reporting platform to contact them anonymously and confidentially, and works closely with state authorities to sanction offenders. Players and referees have been banned for life, while clubs have been excluded from UEFA competition.

"Why are we giving you this warning?" Peaker asked his audience. "We want to protect you; you are the stars of the future and we want you in the game. Match-fixing is a threat to the integrity and popularity of football and if you are approached, you must inform UEFA or your national association. Match-fixers are dangerous people.

"If someone asks you to manipulate a match: recognise what is happening, reject it immediately and report it. Don't get involved in organised crime. If anyone is found guilty of involvement, they'll receive a red card from football for life. We want to protect you and protect the game."

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