FIFA commits $28 million to fight soccer match fixing
Posted by ZA on May 10, 2011
FIFA is going to provide almost $30 million dollars to Interpol to setup an anti-corruption unit to oversee soccer. This decision comes after years of match fixing accusations within soccer. Organize crime and the increase in online betting has upped the amount of corruption that occurs within the world’s #1 sport.
In my opinion this is a smart, albeit long overdue, move for FIFA to make. There is no way they can police their own sport, as the top rungs of their organization have long been accused of corruption. Hiring an independent police agency to watch their back is going to have better results than if they decided to handle it internally. The next step is to allow Interpol access to FIFA at the highest levels. They need to root out corruption starting at the top. Although I imagine that’ll never happen as this money seems focused on the growing match fixing issues within soccer.
Read the full article here at SportBusiness.