DFL extends initiative to prevent match fixing

17.12.2018 – The DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga today presented additional measures to prevent match fixing. In addition to the mandatory training for the professional squads of all Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs that has been in place since the start of the season, a revised website, a new app and a new e-learning tutorial have now been launched in order to train players, raise public awareness of the topic and simplify reporting channels.

Back in 2012, DFL and DFB compiled and collated their preventive measures under the heading “Together Against Match Fixing” in close coordination with Transparency International Deutschland e.V.. Now the content and visuals of the English “Together Against Match Fixing”-website have been revised. The updated site provides information on the risks involved in gambling addiction and match fixing as well as details of the points of contact for both topics.

Lawyer Dr Carsten Thiel von Herff, DFL and DFB’s shared ombudsman for match fixing, is the point of contact for players, trainers, coaches, club employees and referees for confidential tip-offs about potential match fixing or other irregularities. In addition to the traditional channels of telephone and e-mail, tip-offs can now be submitted to the external ombudsman using the “DFL Integrity App”, which will be available for free download via the App Store and Google Play shortly.

Clubs have been obliged to take suitable measures to prevent match fixing in the U16 to U23 age groups at the academies since the 2014–15 season. The DFL has now introduced an additional e-learning tutorial that supports contemporary, age group-appropriate learning using a mixture of animation and multiple-choice tests.

Training for the professional squads of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs began at the start of the current season. This training, which is obligatory following a unanimous resolution by the DFL members’ meeting on 12 December 2017, must be carried out by 31 January 2019 for the 2018–19 season and then repeated annually.