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"Recognise, Resist, Report – Say No To Match-Fixing."

The slogan speaks for itself, yet representatives of FIFA, INTERPOL and FIFPro took the opportunity at the FIFPro Congress in Tokyo to explain the thoughts behind their joint campaign. "No one organisation can tackle match-fixing alone: neither FIFA, nor INTERPOL, nor FIFPro", said FIFPro's Tony Higgins when announcing the launch of the campaign by three significant stakeholders in the fight against match-fixing in professional football.

FIFA, INTERPOL and FIFPro are out to educate and inform the players - and other important actors in professional football - about the three important R's: Recognise, Resist, Report.

As prevention plays an integral part to the campaign, all three parties have created a DVD to raise awareness among the players and all other members of the football family.

Another key component is reporting. Currently FIFPro, FIFA and INTERPOL are in advanced discussions about the reporting mechanisms which should be put to use.

John Abbott (photo), Chairman INTERPOL Integrity in Sport Initiative explains: "I want to stress the importance of having in place a mechanism to enable players to report suspicions about match-fixing and corruption to trusted persons. Such a mechanism needs to be confidential to encourage players to report in the knowledge that their information will be handled sensitively. There are a number of options - for example the Red Button app adopted by the Finnish professional footballers association JPY – that provide such a mechanism."

"It is important to take into account a range of issues when setting up a reporting mechanism and shortly a guidance document will be issued as part of our joint-campaign. All players' associations are urged to carefully follow the steps identified in the guidance."

WilvMegen-340-400FIFPro too is of the opinion that reporting is of the utmost importance in the fight against match-fixing, says Wil van Megen (photo right), FIFPro's Head of Legal Department. "As mentioned by John Abbott, the reporting mechanism must guarantee the player's safety under all circumstances."

"Another crucial element is that each player who reports, should have the prospect that there is life after reporting. Unfortunately this is not the case yet in many existing reporting mechanisms: if a player fails to report after the first approach, he could receive a life ban, even if he does report after a second approach."

"The last thing FIFPro wants – as well as FIFA and INTERPOL – is players refraining from reporting. Therefore - if we want to encourage players to report - which is our goal - then each player should have the prospect of a way back into football."

FIFPro, FIFA and INTERPOL aim to having their reporting mechanism structure defined by the end of this year.