Friday, 12 June 2015

Interpol Suspend £14m Anti Match Fixing Programme With Fifa Due To Corruption Allegations

Interpol has suspended a £14million anti-match-fixing programme with Fifa over allegations of corruption.

The international police agency is freezing the money donated by Fifa in 2011.
The ‘Integrity in Sport’ programme was intended to combat match-fixing and illegal gambling.

Fifa is being investigated by US and Swiss authorities for alleged bribery and corruption.

‘In light of the current context surrounding Fifa, while Interpol is still committed to developing our Integrity in Sports programme, I have decided to suspend the agreement,’ Juergen Stock, the head of Interpol, said.

‘All external partners, whether public or private, must share the fundamental values and principles of the organisation, as well as those of the wider law enforcement community.

‘The agreement between Interpol and Fifa stated that the football body must be compatible with the principles, aims and activities of Interpol.’

A Fifa spokesperson told the BBC that the organisation was disappointed with the decision.
‘The success and importance of this programme cannot be understated.

‘Our co-operation over the past four years has been a key part of addressing the transnational problem of match-fixing.

‘This successful programme is unrelated to the current issues surrounding Fifa and we believe that this unilateral decision will negatively impact the fight against criminal activity.’

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