Sports corruption for the purpose of fraudulent betting is a crime phenomenon that is on the rise and is often carried out by organised crime groups that operate transnationally. Criminals operating in this field use different modi operandi and adopt very complex structures, therefore the only successful response by law enforcement is to adopt a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency approach, involving all key actors from both the public and private sectors. In the past Europol, its partner law enforcement agencies and UEFA have had notable successes — but enormous challenges still lie ahead.
To step up to these challenges, on 16 and 17 November Europol brings together representatives from European law enforcement agencies, sports governing bodies, private companies operating in the sector of integrity services, and other international organisations, for an expert meeting on sports corruption.
Experts in the area of sports corruption from 15 EU Member States and 3 non-EU States (Moldova, Australia and Switzerland) as well as delegates from Eurojust and INTERPOL attended the meeting, together with representatives from UEFA, the Tennis Integrity Unit and Sportradar.