An intensification of the fight against match-fixing will be the focus an agreement signed Monday between CONCACAF and Interpol.
Specifically, the memorandum of understanding signing will allow the two sides to coordinate training programs and workshops against match-fixing and corruption, as well as the sharing of resources and experiences on a constant basis.
“At CONCACAF, we are determined to eradicate this scourge from football through education, surveillance, and sanction of those involved in any unethical and unlawful behavior that would undermine the legitimate nature of the game,” said CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb in a release.
“Working together with Interpol will allow us to tap into their vast expertise in this area. The football family must continue to plan an intrinsic part on the battle against match-fixing.
“However,” he added, “we mustn’t forget to work in partnership with all other stakeholders, such as other sports, governments, media, fans, and society as a whole.”
Prevention and education programs for players, referees, and officials will take place in all three CONCACAF regions.
“This agreement formalizes the extremely constructive and fruitful relationship between Interpol and CONCACAF, as seen by the joint initiatives we have already delivered to our member countries,” said Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble.
The agreement dovetails with CONCACAF’s recently-launched initiative “Protect Yourself and Keep Your Sport Clean,” which was launched to curb corruption in sports.
By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin