9 March, 2018 – After a series of successful and interesting lectures on awareness and prevention of match-fixing, which were held during the week throughout the seven regions of Kosovo, as well as of great interest before the referees and controllers in Ulqin, lectures with women’s teams and officials of these clubs together with observers were held today in the FFK premises. Before a great number of participants, the FFK’s Integrity Officer, Mr. Ejup Osmani, spoke about the commitment of FFK and the care that the Federation has for fair competitions, sporting spirit, sports rivalry and all this with an epilogue as a result of what is shown on the field between two teams.
But not all, said further Mr. Osmani, aim and wish this. In this great development there will always be individuals or groups of interest that through manipulations for personal and clan gains want to disturb the progress of the competitions. Such individuals and groups, to reach their goal, find collaboration with clubs, players, referees and bettors to achieve their mafia goals. Therefore, everyone should be very careful because they have their agents from whom they are informed about the financial situation of clubs, players and referees so they can offer them money to fix a match.
We need to be clear that their money comes mainly from drugs, prostitution and organized crime and other dirty phenomena, so we should strongly say no to such phenomena and attempts and not just that but to present them to the organs of the Federation, the Investigation and the Prosecutor’s Office, to prevent them, but also to receive the due and deserved punishment. Therefore, we need vigilance and courage to openly and without hesitation say stop. The fixtures occur in poor countries, especially the Asian ones.
There are many cases known in the world that such individuals and groups have been exposed and condemned. It is also punishable the attempt to fix matches and this is not obsolete. Whenever they come to scene and fixing is confirmed, they are punished. Further on in his speech, Mr.Osmani said that FFK already has an organ such as the Integrity Officer who has its associates across the regions and in cooperation with UEFA, oversees the running of all competitions in all ranks and any such occurrence can be presented by making free phone calls which would remain confidential. The today’s lecture concludes this year’s cycle of lectures against match-fixing.