1 February 2018 – The Football Federation of Kosovo, namely the Integrity Section have taken very seriously the campaign against match fixtures and other negative phenomena that affect the regularity of the competitions. Thus, after very successful lectures and of great interest in the awareness and prevention of match fixtures held in the past days in the Peja, Gjakova, Prizren, Suhareka and Prishtina regions with the young age groups, using the workshop of referees being held in Ulqin on Thursday evening, attended by approximately 80 referees of all categories, the official for integrity Mr. Ejup Osmani held the next lecture. “Referees are a very important segment in the running of competitions, so they are often the target of individuals and certain groups that tend to interfere with the regularity of competitions through different forms and influence the match epilogue for their interests. It is important for referees to be at the required level, in line with the ethics and code of referees by saying “No” to such individuals and groups and not only so but to denounce them to the relevant bodies”, said Mr. Ejup Osmani at the beginning of the lecture. Further, Mr. Osmani said that there will always be individuals or groups of interest that for personal and clan benefits will offer money or other gifts to achieve their purpose and their money comes mainly from drugs, prostitution and organized crime and other dirty activities. Therefore, we have to be able to say no to them and submit them to the FFK, investigative and prosecution authorities to prevent them but also to make them get the right and deserved punishment. Referees must be vigilant and courageous in fighting these individuals. The matches that you lead must have a sport epilogue, as a result of the forces in the green field and at no cost become part of fixtures which would undermine your image, the image of FFK and the competitions. Unfortunately, there are many cases in the world that have been unmasked and condemned by the community of referees who have been involved in such interactions with such people. Furthermore, Mr. Osmani said that FFK is already part of UEFA and FIFA and has its own body such as the integrity officer who has his associates and in cooperation with UEFA, oversees the flow of all competitions at all ranks and any such occurrences can be reported by phone or email free of charge and any calls would remain confidential. Therefore, I call upon all of you, without hesitation, to notify the FFK body and all this in defense of competition and competition system. During the weekend the workshop will continue in the regions of Mitrovica, Ferizaj and Gjilan, to involve as many individuals as possible in this uncompromising fight against match fixtures and thus close this cycle of lectures against the fixtures.