On January 1st 2013, FIFPro, Birkbeck University of London, UEFA and the European Union launched the Don't Fix It project – an action that will help prevent match-fixing in football through research-led education programmes, sharing of good practices and targeted campaigns against match-fixing in eight countries.
To better understand the issues that lead to match-fixing, and to help develop future player education programmes, reporting mechanisms and awareness campaigns, qualitative research was undertaken by Birkbeck, University of London in collaboration with nine members of FIFPro. In the autumn of 2013, the FIFPro affiliates surveyed nearly 2,000 players in eight countries as part of this study.
This research is the first large scale attempt to ascertain the views of current players in regards to the phenomenon of match-fixing.
The results of the research have laid the foundation for the development of the good practice guide, Protect our Game: A Good Practice Guide for Professional Football Players' Associations to tackle match-fixing in football.
- Published: 18 December 2013