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Twelve (former) players in the Czech and Slovak Republics, including some from the top divisions, have been interrogated and arrested. They are accused of bribery and accepting bribes.


Match-fixing is a problem that must be addressed and pursued with all possible vigour. As this match-fixing is related to organised crime, the law enforcement authorities have to track the criminals responsible for initiating this scandal.


Most of the time, players must be considered victims rather than perpetrators. They are at the end of a chain initiated by others and FIFPro's opinion is that this matter has to be investigated thoroughly.


FIFPro itself cannot prevent match-fixing, but is willing to support the players in Slovakia with the education and prevention programme Don't fix it which FIFPro has developed in co-operation with Birkbeck University of London, UEFA and the European Union. Although there is no players’ union in Slovakia, FIFPro will also support the players there.


FIFPro will see to it that the fundamental rights of the players are respected and will keep on insisting that the initiators must be punished.