The intergrity topic has high priority within the Austrian Football Association. Not only for the players, but also for the referees. In a high-profile meeting with 7 FIFA and 22 Austrian Bundesliga referees, match-fixing and corruption in sport was examined with concrete cases and discussed in an exchange of experience with the refs.
For the referees, the example of Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey, suspended by FIFA for match-fixing lifelong and worldwide, was particularly interesting. Lamptey 2016 manipulated a highly doubtful penalty scene in the 2018 World Cup qualifier of South Africa against Senegal. An analysis of game scene footage and monitoring data ultimately proved the unlawful influence.
FIFA Referee Christopher Jäger : "Educating all stakeholders on this topic is essential to protect the image of our sport and preserve the magic of football."
Austrian Football Association Elite Referee Manager Andreas Fellinger: "It is not only an obligation for the Austrian Football Association, but an important mission to sensitize match officials to recognize any inconsistencies in order to be well prepared for situations like this! Such interesting lectures are an important part of our training."
Play Fair Code CEO Severin Moritzer: "Working with the refs is extremely important. Important, because referees can actually drive a game in a complete wrong direction and this is where and why raising awareness must start. Apart from that, it's also a challenge to talk to the absolute top experts in this field. "