- FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly extend agreement
- Both bodies reiterate determination to combat corruption and develop safeguarding in football
- Latest agreement builds on initial MoU signed in Vienna in 2020
FIFA and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have reinforced their joint-commitment to kicking crime out of football by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.
Signed by with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, the MoU commits both parties to stepping up their efforts to protect the integrity of the game. Both organizations will continue to work to ensure the football environment is safeguarded for children, young adults, and vulnerable athletes; develop capacities to and raise awareness of tackling corruption and crime in and through football; and support the development of a new UNODC global network aimed at enhancing collaboration and coordination between law enforcement anti-corruption authorities and sports organizations.
“Football unites people from all corners of the world – young and old, boys and girls. It can promote healthy lifestyles, provide new opportunities, and inspire millions to achieve their goals both on and off the pitch, said UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly.
“I am proud that UNODC and FIFA are renewing our commitment to ensure fair play for all and to defend football’s integrity for the millions of fans worldwide, the players, and the next generations still to come.
With this new Memorandum of Understanding, we’re striving to put an end to match-fixing, bribery, and corruption, to preserve the game’s beauty for all," stated Ms. Waly.
Mr Infantino said: “Through the renewal of this Memorandum of Understanding, I am pleased that UNODC and FIFA have reinforced our joint commitment to kicking crime out of football, and that both organisations remain committed to ensuring fair play and to defending football’s integrity.
“FIFA has already done a lot of good work with the UNODC in making football cleaner and we will continue to work towards giving girls and boys around the world the chance to fulfil their dreams on the pitch.”
The two bodies initially combined to tackle corruption and crime in and through football under the auspices of an MoU signed at UNODC headquarters in Vienna in 2020. Since, FIFA and UNODC have collaborated to support the implementation of over 60 activities. Examples include a campaign encouraging those in the game to call out corruption using FIFA's reporting platforms, which ensures whistleblowers can act in strictest confidence.
The Global Integrity Programme was also launched in March 2021, and provided all 211 FIFA member associations, as well as representatives of criminal justice authorities, with the knowledge and tools to prevent and combat match manipulation via a series of 30 workshops.