Match-fixing presents a major threat to the integrity of sporting events, with sportspeople subject to considerable financial temptations and pressure to influence sporting objectives and outcomes. As part of wider efforts towards ensuring competitive sports remain fair – and the reputation of sports teams, organisations and events are not compromised – the European Commisssion plays an active role in combatting match-fixing. This takes place through the coordination of EU legislation in related areas, and cooperation with key international bodies on ways to tackle match-fixing at a European and global level. Match-fixing
EU initiatives against match-fixing
Open to both EU Institutions and Member States, the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions is a key political framework for collaboration on this issue.
The Commission has also drafted policy documents, as well as supporting actions to fight against match-fixing:
- In its Communication on sport, the Commission noted that match-fixing was having a significant impact on the perceived integrity of sporting teams and events . To improve its knowledge of how national criminal law provisions applied to match-fixing, a study of criminal law provisions in the Member States was completed, and continues to supplement policy debate on the issue.
- The Green Paper on Online Gambling led to the adoption of the Communication “Towards a comprehensive European framework on online gambling”, which identified match-fixing was one of five priorities for addressing the challenges facing the integrity of sport. Two further studies on betting-related match-fixing were then completed.
- To better coordinate anti- match-fixing policies and actions across Member States, the European Commission Directorates-General for migration and home affairs (DG HOME), and growth and internal market (DG GROW), launched a call for the pilot project "New integrated mechanisms for cooperation between public and private actors".
- The EU Expert Group on Match-fixing exchanged best practices on prevention, detection, sanctions and cooperation.
- The Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020) combats match-fixing through its sport actions.
- The 2017-2020 work plan on sport includes an expert group on integrity in sport, also covering match-fixing.
Further, a number of match-fixing projects have been financed as part of the Preparatory Actions in the field of sport. Since 2014, match-fixing projects have been eligible for financing through Erasmus+