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Match fixing to be addressed at Soccerex

Soccerex (2014)

Soccerex (2014)

Match fixing, the scourge of modern football, will be addressed by a panel of international experts at this year’s Soccerex Global Convention, Manchester 6-10 September.

John Abbott, chair of the Interpol Integrity in Sport Steering Group, part of Interpol’s joint initiative with FIFA to tackle the problem, will give a presentation of the extent on match fixing in world football before joining Mark Sutcliffe, CEO, Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA), Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, Chief Executive of The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) Europe, and Darren Small, Director of Integrity, Sportradar.

Earlier this year, the Hong Kong FA suspended two First Division clubs after players were arrested by the Hong Kong Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) amid an investigation into alleged match-fixing. As CEO, Mark Sutcliffe has been at the forefront of the HKFA’s actions and has held meetings with FIFA, Interpol, the Hong Kong Police Force and ICAC to develop a national coordinated framework to prevent future incidents of match-fixing and prepare an action plan for the HKFA and other stakeholders.

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros joined ICSS early this year after nine years as CEO of the European Professional Football League Association (EPFL). In his new role as Chief Executive of The ICSS Europe, Emanuel will spearhead the organisation’s efforts to strengthen their position in the continent and provide a focal point to address emerging trends which further threaten sport at global level, such as issues around third-party ownership of players’ economic right, financial integrity, good governance in sport and protection of young athletes.

Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System is internationally recognised as a leading tool in identifying irregular betting behaviours before and during sporting fixtures. The company’s Fraud Prevention Services approach the problem from a different angle: using workshops and e-learning tools to educate those who participate in sport about the dangers of match fixing. As Director of Security Services, Darren Small will provide a valuable insight into how leading federations and leagues worldwide use both to preserve the integrity of their sports and competitions.

Commenting on the session, Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said:
“At Soccerex, we always strive to cover the most pertinent issues and nothing is more pertinent or more threatening to the global game than match fixing. The experts we have gathered will provide a real insight into the extent of the issue and what is being done globally to combat it.”

The session is one of a series of headline Conference panels addressing the most pressing topics in world football, including commercial club strategies, financial and legal governance, fan experience and league development. Speakers confirmed for the event include FIFA President, Joseph Blatter, RFU CEO, Ian Ritchie, Olympic legend, Michael Johnson, Sky Sports MD, Barney Francis, Liverpool CEO, Ian Ayre and many more.

The Soccerex Global Convention kicks off with the Football Festival on 6-7th September, with the conference starting on Monday 8th September. A packed international exhibition and a programme of networking and social events complete the schedule for what is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading football business event.