— Published 27 April 2022

UEFA deals with Europol

UEFA

UEFA is stepping up the pace in the fight against match-fixing and corruption. The European football body has turned to the European police office, Europol, for help. The two parties launched their collaboration on Tuesday 26 April with their first joint international conference. The conference took place at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands, and was attended by 109 senior officials from law enforcement, judicial authorities and national football associations from 49 countries. On the agenda were discussions on operational collaboration between law enforcement and football integrity officials, but also on the early detection of suspicious betting patterns. According to Burkhard Mühl, a senior Europol official quoted by AFP, “organised crime quickly understood that a lot of football clubs were suffering financially as a consequence of COVID-19. What with the huge profits associated with ‘making the unpredictable predictable’, we are seeing more and more cases of match-fixing and suspicious results.” Experts from Europol’s European Financial and Economic Crime Centre are working with EU authorities to identify links between suspect matches and suspects, and to uncover the organised crime groups involved. UEFA’s anti-match-fixing expert team is working on education, intelligence, investigation and cooperation with a network of specialists.