Match-fixing in international football – a global challenge
In 2014 the phenomenon of match-fixing, and the measures to combat it, was investigated by Dr Andy Harvey of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre in a project entitled Don’t Fix It. The project focused on how to prevent match fixing through the education of the sport’s stakeholders. The Birkbeck Sport Business Centre has a long-term interest in researching the problem of match-fixing.
The Don’t Fix It project was funded by the European Commission Sport Unit and led by FIFPro, the world professional footballer’s union, with co-funding from UEFA, the European governing body of football. Birkbeck, University of London, through the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, provided the research support to the project.
Following the publication of the final Don’t Fix It final report and associated Protect our Game good practice guide Birkbeck journalism student Caterina Mirra interviewed Dr Harvey to seek his assessment of the progress that had been made through the research in developing strategies for combating match-fixing and for his views on the work that now needs to be done to take the process further.
As Caterina observes at the end of the video interview, “the hope for the future is to succeed in protecting our game”.
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