President Infantino addresses special event on protecting sport from corruption and crime; FIFA (www.FIFA.com) protects “not only football and its institutions, but also the very people who play the sport”.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to discuss the main threats to football and how the world’s sports governing body is addressing it. face.
Invited to speak at a special event on protecting sport against corruption and crime, President Infantino said that with an unwavering commitment to good governance, the new FIFA has laid the groundwork Solids to Eliminate Corruption in Football:
“Through the FIFA Forward program, we are providing each of our 211 member associations around the world with up to five times more investment than they received before 2016. But the main difference is that every dollar of this investment is linked to specific and external contracts. independent audits in each country. The new FIFA leaves no room for wrongdoing. “
And, referring to FIFA’s groundbreaking financial support program designed and rolled out last year, he continued, “During the pandemic, we have again put this into practice with the FIFA COVID-19 Relief Plan, a fund unprecedented $ 1.5 billion to support football in tough times. In a time of football’s need, funding only goes where it’s needed. “
Vigilance and compliance
On other threats to the integrity of football, the FIFA President raised the issue of match manipulation, saying that, “with the financial strains of the recent pandemic, we will need to remain even more vigilant than ever to ensure that the persons involved in the matches are not susceptible to match-fixing ”.
And, through FIFA’s work to reform the transfer system, the organization strives to ensure a fair and correct distribution of money “in accordance with national and international financial regulations, including anti-money laundering laws.” applicable ”.
Protect the very people who play sport
Having established the FIFA Goalkeepers program with UNICEF, the Council of Europe and Safe Sport International to help prevent any risk of harm to children and the most vulnerable, and to respond appropriately if there is a problem, FIFA seeks to do even more in the fight. against one of society’s most serious crimes.
“FIFA is a proud ally of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),” said the FIFA President. “We are truly grateful for the partnership we established with UNODC last year to tackle one of the most difficult issues facing our sport, including child protection, protection of the sport integrity and crime prevention. “
Referring to the Memorandum of Understanding signed with UNODC, the FIFA President added: “We are currently discussing the possibility of creating an independent, multisport, multi-government and multi-government ‘International Sports Safety Center’. agencies to help manage child abuse in sport. “
Only as strong as our networks
President Infantino said FIFA’s strength in resolving these issues lies in its collaboration with specialist agencies.
“Recognizing the natural limits of our experience and expertise, we are forming global alliances with international and regional organizations to fight wrongdoing and contribute to positive social change.
“Since 2018, we have concluded collaboration agreements with globally recognized authorities such as UNODC, the World Health Organization, UN Women, UNESCO, the World Food Program, the Council of Europe, the African Union and ASEAN.
“Common elements in these agreements include good governance, protection of the integrity of sport and protection of children.”