The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has appointed a new integrity officer to combat corruption and match-fixing in sport, with the football governing body also in the process of signing an agreement with FIFA’s Early Warning System for the monitoring of betting across domestic competitions.
The AIFF has appointed Javed Siraj as integrity officer, as part of FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation’s mandate to appoint an integrity officer in every member association to combat corruption and match-fixing in sport. He will begin his new role on August 1st.
“The AIFF is focused on upholding the core values of football such as Fair Play, achievement by merit and the uncertainty of the outcome of matches and competitions,” said the governing body’s general secretary Kushal Das. “Match fixing is a dangerous threat to the game, therefore, the AIFF is committed to protecting the integrity of all its competitions and enhance good governance across football in the country.”
The integrity officer will be the single point contact on all matters of integrity in AIFF. Among his many roles and responsibilities, Siraj is expected to develop an integrity plan and strategy along with developing required educational material on integrity matters.
He will also report the progress of this initiative to the executive committee of the AIFF from time to time.
“With the commercialization of sports, it has become imperative to have integrity in all areas and prevent any sort of wrong doings,” said Siraj. “I will be ensuring that integrity in football is maintained at all levels in the country by coordinating with clubs and their team security officers on all matters pertaining to integrity and security during competitions.”
Siraj will also carry out risk assessment of competitions and matches under threat of match manipulation and betting as and when required. He will also be paying visits to competition venues in view of preventing any sort of malpractice during matches.
The AIFF added that it is also in the process of signing an agreement with Early Warning System (EWS) for the monitoring of betting across domestic competitions including the I-League.