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Representatives of the Slovenian professional players Union (SPINS) held a presentation on the Don't Fix It programme, at the annual licensing seminar for the (UEFA) PRO football coaches in Slovenia.

In front of an audience of approximately 190 coaches, Dejan Stefanovic (SPINS President, FIFPro Board Member and Don't Fix It Steering Group Member) and Marko Levovnik (Secretary General SPINS) spoke about the content and the activities of the Don't Fix It project, an international education and prevention programme for fighting match-fixing in football. To realise this project - which has received a European Union grant - FIFPro will co-operate closely with Birkbeck University and UEFA.

Among other things, the following information was presented by both SPINS representatives:

  • the field of theoretical frameworks of manipulating results in sport
  • a basic overview of sanctions
  • the main goals of "Don't Fix It"
  • the Don't Fix It Code of Conduct
  • the Red Button – the mobile app created by the Finnish players union JPY
  • conclusions drawn from FIFPro's Black Book Eastern Europe.

Some extra attention was devoted to the presentation of the so-called Code of Conduct, intended to promote the integrity of football in Europe. All five principles were presented in detail so that coaches (or anyone else involved) can react properly when confronted with "suspicious" situations and carefully pass all the critical information to the football players or other people involved.

Levovnik also informed the audience about the anonymous questionnaires from Slovenian football players, filed at the end of 2013 as part of the project. According to the SPINS Secretary General, these questionnaires are "only the beginning of many successful activities starting with the joint co-operation of all Slovenian football stakeholders".

At the end of this month, the SPINS representatives will hold another presentation, this time for (UEFA) A coaches. The representatives of the Slovenian Football Association also expressed their wish to share the information on these topics with all the delegates within their area of responsibility.

In the coming weeks, the newly established National Committee (consisting of representatives of all stakeholders) will prepare basic solutions and a communications programme to contact the most vulnerable groups.

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Marko Levovnik