Eleven soccer officials were on Wednesday given until September 15 before they have to face prosecutor Aristidis Koreas, who is investigating allegations that the draws to decide which match officials were appointed to referee games in Greece’s Super League were fixed.
The 11 were due to be questioned on Wednesday but asked for more time to prepare their depositions. A council of misdemeanor judges recently granted Koreas the right to have access to suspects’ telephone records.
Football Kenya Federation has revealed that the task force formed to investigate alleged match-fixing and sabotage during the Kenya v Lesotho Africa Cup of Nations match, has started work. In a statement by Kenya FA, CEO Michael Esakwa declares that “The federation following their confirmation has effectively notified government of this administrative action which we believe would set record straight on the disappointing manner that Harambee Stars’ were eliminated by Lesotho from Afcon 2015. The cabinet secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts has duly been briefed in writing and the findings of the task force and recommendations thereto shall be made public for the whole country to know what transpired.”
Professional Football Leagues Education and prevention have been identified as key measures in the fight against match-fixing in a joint project by Transparency International, European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) and the German Football League (DFL). Over the past 18 months, the project has been working in a number of different European countries with research and fact-finding about the scale and scope of match-fixing as well as by publishing information and training material about how to prevent it. The project partners have issued a report named ‘Staying on Side: How to Stop Match-Fixing’, which summarises the findings. Apart from education and prevention, the project partners stress the importance of establishing whistleblower systems in order to support those who want to report on match-fixing incidents or are in need of advice on how to handle a difficult situation. Such systems have already been implemented in German, Austrian and Scottish leagues, and others have committed to establishing similar systems. Material and experiences from the project will continue to be disseminated in the next phase of the project. The project, in which representatives from a number of European football’s major leagues have also taken part, has been carried out as one of six pilot projects co-funded by the European Commission.