The EPFL and Transparency International run in Rome on 7 and 8 April the final evaluation workshop of their joint Staying on Side project focused on prevention, education and integrity related measures in the fight against match-fixing.
Co-hosted by the Italian Lega Serie B, the meeting counted with the participation of several other EPFL Leagues actively involved in this initiative, such as the DFL Bundesliga; the English Premier and Football League; the Scottish Professional Football League; the Super League Greece; the Norwegian Professional Football League and, last but not least, the Polish Ekstraklasa. In addition, representatives from the European Commission, funding partner of this one-year long programme, as well as from UEFA, FIFPro and other prominent organisations working in football integrity matters were sharing their experience and presenting their respective programmes to safeguard the integrity of the game in professional sport, and football in particular.
The meeting served as perfect platform to exchange experiences, knowledge and best practices in the prevention of match-fixing, to learn about integrity related plans and strategies from the key football stakeholders, while encouraging the sharing of specific materials and instruments developed during the various project activities by the pilot leagues and among new countries in Europe and beyond.
The event culminated with the organisation of a public session which counted with the participation of Serie B President Andrea Abodi and UEFA Vice-President and President of the Italian FA Giancarlo Abete who were accompanied on the occasion by other prominent authorities from the Italian Government and Police Forces.
Those leagues not actively involved in the project but willing to get information on the Staying on Side activities and initiatives are welcomed to contact the EPFL Administration.