MAR 24 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2020 - 06:19hs.
“Red Button”

FIFA approves app for players to report match-fixing approaches

A smartphone app developed by the international soccer players’ union allowing professional players to anonymously report match-fixing approaches was approved by FIFA. The “Red Button” app, which is owned by world players’ union FIFPro, ensures anonymity to protect players who otherwise may fear consequences to their career or personal safety, and it is being distributed through national player associations.

“With players facing disciplinary action for failing to report a match-fixing approach, there must be a way for them to do this without fear that they are putting themselves, their families and their careers in danger,” FIFPro legal director Roy Vermeer said. “The Red Button app provides this facility and will help players manage this considerable risk that, through no fault of their own, might confront them at any time.”

Under the collaboration agreement, FIFA will investigate confidential information submitted through the union-owned app, which is “built with technology that ensures no trace of a report is left on their smartphones,” the announcement said.

The app, which is being distributed through national player associations, also gives players the option to submit contact information so investigators can contact them confidentially.

Football is the most-targeted sport by international organized crime, according to Europol — the European Union’s agency for law enforcement cooperation.

FIFA already has confidential reporting platforms — such as the FIFA Integrity app — that players can still use.

Oliver Jaberg, one of FIFA’s top integrity and anti-doping officers, said they “look forward to collaborating with FIFPro on this new initiative.”

The “Red Button” app was originated in a partnership between Finland’s players association and government.

Source: GMB / Associated Press / The Washington Post