EPFL and European “football family” united against unlawful sports betting

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The EPFL representatives at the Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC), together  their colleagues of UEFA, ECA and FIFPro, approved a joint resolution to safeguard the integrity of the game  and reinforce the fight against match-fixing in European football.

The PFSC resolution, which was approved at the meeting held on 27 August in Monaco:

  • recognised and understands the gravity of the match-fixing threat;
  • welcomed the steps undertaken by UEFA, FIFA and other football bodies so far to fight match-fixing;
  • believed that fighting match-fixing needs education, prevention and deterrents;
  • invited UEFA to intensify and extend its education program in co-operation with associations, clubs, leagues and players’ unions on both European and national level;
  • urged the political authorities to engage with UEFA and national football bodies to adopt legislation, which must be enforced by the law enforcement authorities, to protect the integrity of
            football competitions and recognise the rights and responsibilities of competition organisers on betting activities; and
  • demanded a policy of zero tolerance towards all those involved in match-fixing.

The EPFL was represented on the occasion by its Chairman Sir David Richards,  the Deputy Chairman Frédéric Thiriez,  the Board member Frank Rutten and the CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros.

Note from the Editor:
The PFSC comprises elected representatives of the four main stakeholder groups involved in European professional football: the leagues, via the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL); the clubs, via the European Club Association (ECA); the players, via FIFPro Division Europe; and UEFA, as the governing body responsible for European football. The body discusses issues of strategic importance for professional football in Europe.

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