FIFA approves app for players to report match-fixing approaches

Football’s world governing body FIFA has approved an app designed to help professional players report match-fixing approaches.

The Red Button app, which is owned by world players’ union FIFPRO, will be distributed to players globally via national unions such as England’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).

It complements existing reporting tools set up by FIFA, and information received via the app will be investigated by the world governing body’s integrity department.

The Europol agency reported in August that football is the sport which is most heavily targeted by criminals involved in fixing.

FIFPRO’s legal director Roy Vermeer said: “We are confident this will strengthen the hand of football and public authorities in the fight against match-fixing.

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