‘BITEFIX’, EU ERASMUS+ Sport project’s 4th Transnational Meeting with LA LIGA’s presentation of its Integrity Unit’s activity to counter match-fixing

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2022-11-03 | Since 1 Month

Seville, SpainThe 4th transnational project meeting (TPM) of ERASMUS+ Sport’ BITEFIX project was held at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium here.

The Partnership analysed the results produced thus far – namely the Guide of Best Practices on the Fight Against Match-Fixing, available at bitefix.com –, evaluated the progress of the project and discussed different topics such as launch of the “Educational Program” and of the BITEFIX e-Community– “International Network of Experts on match-fixing and betting-fraud in sports”.

Lisbon’s based university ISCTE (leader of WP3) presented the Educational Program modules, the core of a comprehensive e-learning platform (IO2) and the Training Course on exchange of information and data protection to fight match- fixing. Sevilla FC Foundation, Estoril Praia FC, Lega Pro and Hask Mladost will be implementing this Program in the next few months.

Starlizard Integrity Services and Sorbonne University (leaders of WP4) presented the methodological strategy for the BITEFIX e-Community and its accessibily by the target groups, which was approved by the partnership.

The project’s main deliverables, marked for the next 8 months, with special focus on WP3 “Educational Program” and its e-learning platform, are:

  • Launch of the BITEFIX Educational Program and e-learning as a capacity building tool.
  • Implementation of Training Courses with key-stakeholders.
  • Launch of the BITEFIX e-Community– “International Network of Experts on match-fixing and betting-fraud in sports” setting-up.

The eight modules encompass: Historical perspective of Match-fixing and betting in Sport; Contemporary betting and related fraud, crimes and illegal markets; Match-fixing and betting-fraud prevention at European and national level; Betting practices among sport actors;  Trust building; Data protection and protected reporting systems; Exchange of information; and Whistle-blower protection in Sport: Lessons for an effective implementation of the European directive.

Round Table

The BITEFIX’s 4th transnational meeting also hosted an high-level round table with all project partners and representatives from Sevilla FC, the Andaluzian Government and LA LIGA’s Sport Integrity Director, Florentino Villabona.

The discussion focused on the experience aquired, from grassroots to high-level sport, in the fight against match-fixing, as well as in the common guidelines, tools and policy recommendations that should be further disseminated and adopted in order to preserve the values of sport and the fairness of sport’s competitions.

Testimonies

José María Cruz de Andrés, Director-General of FC Sevilla, opened the day to welcome the attendees and encourage them to continue working in Europe to further investigate matters relating to the phenomena, underlying the “importance of straight cooperation and long-term alliances to help fight match-fixing”.

In this occasion, Florentino Villabona, Director of Integrity at La Liga said, “Sport organisations should not lower their arms and continue working to generate knowledge and raise awareness to ensure complete and continuous rejection by society of any type of manipulation of sports’ competitions.”

Florentino also highlighted the importance of harmonizing legislation, improve the capability of making investigations, as well of continuous capacity building, along the setting up of Integrity Units and/or the designation of Integrity Officers.

Francisco Felner da Costa, Estoril Praia FC, added: “As a club that is invested in providing young athletes with the best education and strong life values, Estoril Praia is highly committed with the BITEFIX project. Estoril will implement and disseminate the educational programs for all their players and organizational structure and will continuously raise awareness against match-fixing in sports.”

Marcelo Moriconi, ISCTE University, underlined that “the integrity industry should not seek a mere defense of sport in terms of the market, economic variables, or protection of the betting market… sport must be defended and promoted for the social impact it has, which goes well beyond the merely economic elements”.

Bartolomé Cabello (Andaluzian Football Federation) said: “We need to continue working on the education side, to help prevent, detect and sanction misbehaviours, focusing on parents’ responsabilities as agents of integrity”.


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