Erasmus + Fix the Fixing: Preliminary results of an european-wide survey on match-fixing with remarkable outcomes.

European-wide study on match-fixing

FIX the FIXING, an Erasmus+ project coordinated by the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), in 2016/2017 carried out a study involving 607 athletes across six European countries including Greece, France, Austria, Ireland, the UK and Cyprus.

The results of the survey showed that a total of 34.7 % (Austria: 10%) of the athletes believed that many games in their level were fixed.

The majority of those athletes would manipulate a game due to financial difficulties and in order to make easy money.

20% (Austria: 2%) of the responding athletes were aware of a fixed game in their own team during the past 12 months, which is a truly remarkable fact and a disturbing tendency.

12.6% (Austria: 3%) of the athletes reported that they were aware that they had been involved in a game that has since has been identified as fixed.

15% (Austria: 1%) of the athletes reported that they were approached within the last 12 month by anyone who asked them to fix a match.

18% (Austria: 10%) of the athletes believed that they are allowed to place a bet on a match/game they are participating in.

“The above findings show the extent of the phenomenon of manipulated games and highlight the need for immediate treatment through scientifically documented educational interventions.”, says the coordinator of FIX the FIXING, Vassilis Barkoukis, Assistant Professor of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Play Fair Code CEO Severin Moritzer: “The empirical data shows that there is a problem we have to tackle. Given the Austrian results of the survey and our successful experience over the past five years, we can clearly state that prevention, education and training of athletes and all stakeholders is the most effective and efficient approach to raise and improve sustainable awareness.” 

In the FIX the FIXING project, a team of scientists and expert stakeholders from six European countries with expertise in corruption in sports are working together to develop an online educational tool to prevent and combat match fixing. The material will be ready to be adapted and used by stakeholders (educators, trainers, policy makers) both within and outside the European Union. The training material will inform stakeholders and athletes and raise awareness about prevention strategies and interventions against match fixing. 

The FIX the FIXING project is funded by the European Union and coordinated by the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). Also, Queens University from Northern Ireland, Limerick University from Ireland, Austria's Play Fair Code, IRIS of France, Cyprus Sports Organization, Sport Intergity Hellas, the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the International Center for Sport Security (ICSS) participate in the project.

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