It is vital that all participants, including players, officials and referees, are made fully aware of the anti-fraud rules, including their duty to report improper approaches. Where there is comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the relevant risks, incidents of match-fixing can better be prevented.
For a number of years, UEFA has run an education programme for players, referees and match officials to inform, educate and provide them with general advice on the issues surrounding sports betting, including perils they may encounter and ways in which they can report suspicious approaches. Briefing sessions and workshops are organised all year round alongside UEFA tournaments. Particular attention is given to youth competitions.
One of the duties of the national integrity officers is to arrange and oversee educational seminars and courses in this field. Many national associations have launched or are working on comprehensive programmes for their members of the football family.
The European Commission has earmarked an education and prevention programme called 'Don't fix it', developed by FIFPro – the International Federation of Professional Footballers' Associations – and supported by UEFA. The objective of this initiative is to raise awareness of the dangers of match-fixing among players, referees, officials, administrators and public authorities.
The European Club Association (ECA), the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), FIFPro Division Europe and UEFA also aim to establish a code of conduct for the integrity of the game for all participants in European football, including players, referees, officials and administrators.
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