LYON – Een afvaardiging van de Nederlandse voetbalbond KNVB heeft dinsdag een bezoek gebracht aan INTERPOL in Lyon. Belangrijkste onderwerp van gesprek was het initiatief van INTERPOL en de wereldvoetbalbond FIFA om beter op te treden tegen corruptie in het voetbal en de ontwikkeling van een wereldwijde trainingsopzet tegen illegaal gokken en matchfixing.
De afvaardiging van de KNVB bestond uit Gijs de Jong (manager competitiezaken), Tjeerd Veenstra (directeur van de Lotto en lid van de integriteitscommissie) en Wouter Boshuis (secretaris van de integriteitscommissie). Zij werden bijgepraat over de stand van zaken wat betreft de samenwerking van INTERPOL en FIFA.
Uitkomst van deze bijeenkomst is dat de KNVB op korte termijn een tweedaagse workshop in Nederland wil organiseren voor alle betrokken organisaties. Doel is om ervaringen uit te wisselen en verder te praten over het voorlichten over, en voorkomen van matchfixing.
“De integriteit van onze competities is ons grootste goed. We moeten alles doen om die te beschermen en matchfixing te voorkomen”, aldus Gijs de Jong.
Het persbericht dat INTERPOL hierover woensdagochtend verstuurde:
Dutch football association visits INTERPOL to boost sports integrity cooperation
LYON, France ‒ Senior officials from the governing body of football in the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), have met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at the world police body’s General Secretariat to discuss cooperation with INTERPOL’s Integrity in Sport Unit.
With INTERPOL having agreed a 10-year initiative with FIFA in May 2011 to better tackle corruption in football, collaboration on developing and implementing a global training, education and prevention programme against irregular betting and match-fixing topped the agenda during the KNVB visit.
The Dutch delegation, which included Gijs De Jong, Head of Competitions, KNVB, Tjeerd Veenstra, Director of De Lotto, and Wouter Boshuis, Integrity Officer, KNVB, were updated on the objectives of the programme, including improved awareness and understanding of irregular betting and match-fixing , the strategies used by its perpetrators, and the methods to detect and counteract them.
“We need to work collectively to combat corruption in football and to keep our sport clean. National authorities must work together to combat match-fixing, especially with young players, and in this effort cooperation with INTERPOL’s global network and Integrity in Sport unit is important,” said Tjeerd Veenstra.
“As one of the founding members of FIFA, the KNVB’s long history and leadership in safeguarding footballing standards means it is a key player in collective efforts to stem corruption in football,” said Secretary General Noble.
“The problem of match-fixing poses a danger to more than just the reputations and livelihoods of sports professionals and associations involved; match-fixing has now become a global threat with large amounts of money involved used for other illegal activities, and a concerted approach is therefore crucial,” added Mr Noble.
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to meet with Secretary General Noble and INTERPOL’s Integrity in Sport team. Integrity and fair and honest competitions are the most valuable goods in our sports and we need to do everything to protect them ánd prevent match-fixing. The Royal Netherlands Football Association therefore looks forward to hosting soon a workshop in the Netherlands involving the country’s relevant organizations to share experiences, good practice and ways of enhancing training, education and prevention of match-fixing,” said the KNVB’s Gijs De Jong.
In 2011 INTERPOL created its Integrity in Sports unit which has already has brought together specialists from law enforcement, sports and the betting industry for expert meetings and held the pilot national training workshop for police, players, referees, regulators and academic institutions in Finland in April 2012.
By the end of 2012, training will be provided to referees and assistants for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. An online learning programme will also be launched as a preventative tool for players who may be targeted by criminals seeking to manipulate the outcome of a game.
Throughout Euro 2012, in addition to the deployment of an INTERPOL Major Events Support Team to Poland and Ukraine, INTERPOL also ran operation SOGA – short for soccer gambling – targeting illegal football gambling across Southeast Asia.
The three previous SOGA operations conducted in the region during major soccer tournaments have resulted in nearly 7,000 arrests, the seizure of more than 26 million US dollars in cash and the closure of illegal gambling dens which handled more than two billion dollars’ worth of bets.
The visit to INTERPOL by the Dutch governing body of football came a day after the president of one of Turkey’s top football clubs, Fenerbahce, was sentenced to more than six years in prison for match-fixing.