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European Commission


Brussels, 20 September 2012

Europe loves fair-play: Vassiliou hails accord on fight against match-fixing

Representatives of the sport movement today endorsed the ‘Nicosia Declaration on the Fight Against Match-Fixing’ at the EU Sport Forum which is taking place in the Cyprus capital.

The declaration, drafted by the European Commission and the Cyprus Presidency following a consultation with sport stakeholders, was welcomed by Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, the Commissioner responsible for sport.

She said: “Match-fixing is a serious threat to fair-play in sport. Combatting this problem demands an urgent and comprehensive response across all sectors in sport and beyond. I am delighted that the EU Sport Forum has spoken with one voice on this issue.”

More than 300 representatives of the sport movement and European Ministers responsible for sport have gathered for the 2012 EU Sport Forum.



The Presidency of the Council of the European Union,

The European Commissioner responsible for Sport,

The participants in the EU Sport Forum 2012,

Meeting at the EU Sport Forum and Informal Meeting of EU Sport Ministers

in Nicosia on the 20 September 2012

have endorsed the following Declaration:

Match-fixing constitutes one of the most serious threats to contemporary sport, undermining the fundamental values of integrity, fair play and respect for others. It is a growing and pressing problem affecting many Member States and many sports. Addressing the issue requires urgent, concerted, and coordinated efforts from public authorities, the sport movement and betting operators.

The fight against match-fixing necessitates effective and sustained action in the following five key areas:

  • Education, Prevention and Good Governance

    Initiatives in these areas should target all actors in the field of sport, including athletes, their entourage, referees, match officials, supporters and management.

  • Monitoring

    Efficient monitoring and detection mechanisms should be further developed and sharing of relevant information among stakeholders should be improved.

  • Sanctions

    Dissuasive, effective and proportionate sanctions, including criminal and disciplinary sanctions, should be in place and enforced in match-fixing cases. Prosecution of serious match-fixing cases, and notably of those with cross-border implications, should be prioritised.

  • Cooperation

    Cooperation among all the interested parties, including public authorities, law enforcement agencies, sport stakeholders and betting operators should be reinforced.

  • International coordination

    The global scale of match-fixing requires enhanced coordination of all the efforts undertaken by the relevant parties at both European and international level.

Contacts :

Dennis Abbott (+32 498959258); Twitter: @DennisAbbott

Dina Avraam (+32 2 295 96 67)

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