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Fight against corruption in sport: global report released by UNODC

UEFA has joined organisations all over the world to contribute to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's global report on corruption in sport – the most comprehensive review of its type to date.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released its global report on corruption in sport, with a wide range of organisations, including UEFA, contributing to a review which will target making a tangible difference in protecting the integrity of sport worldwide.

The report, released on International Anti-Corruption Day, was developed in partnership with nearly 200 experts from across governments, sport organisations, the private sector, academia and related stakeholders. It is the most in-depth review of its type to date and provides a holistic view of the current landscape. It aims to inform nation states and sports bodies on the different forms of corruption in sport.

The 300-page UNODC document also offers a roadmap to tackle crime and corruption in sport, presenting policy recommendations based on best practices defined by case studies and research-based analysis. A broad range of organisations supplied material for the report, with UEFA's input reflected via such initiatives as its integrity app and network of 55 integrity officers, one in each of its national associations.

European football's governing body has recently announced the allocation of additional resources to fight competition manipulation, and strengthen its prevention and investigation means, while the report also references UEFA's ongoing work in combating illegal betting as well as its further involvement in the detection and reporting of corruption in sport. With such a diverse group of organisations involved in its compilation, the report seeks to inspire further collaboration that will gain the upper hand on corruption and crime in sport.

UEFA is proud to having partnered with UNODC on its global report on corruption in sport. It is also a testament to the European football governing body's ongoing efforts to strengthen its institutional ties with the United Nations, as promoted through the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) in January 2021.

The full report can be read here