EURO 2012 INTERPOL interview with Lieutenant Colonel Rafal Lysakowski

June 11, 2012

INTERPOLHQ published on YouTube on June 9, 2012 the following:

UEFA European Football Championship safety an INTERPOL priority

To assist local police authorities in making the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship in Ukraine and Poland as safe as possible for the players, officials and thousands of expected spectators, two INTERPOL Major Events Support Teams (IMESTs) have been deployed to the two host countries to help detect potential threats of terrorism, hooliganism and serious crime and to facilitate the real-time exchange of key police information to secure their borders.

Composed of experienced specialized police officers and highly trained operational assistants, the two IMEST teams were put in place ahead of the opening of the event (8 June — 1 July), to help make critical data accessible to key security officials in the two host countries.

The IMEST teams will help local police forces secure the four-week event by facilitating access to INTERPOL’s secure network which permits the exchange of vital police data such as fingerprints, images, stolen identity documents and wanted person profiles with all 190 INTERPOL member countries, allowing police in the field to quickly identify potential criminals.

“The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship is not exclusively a Ukrainian and Polish event. From a security standpoint, it is an international event, with all the security risks that entails,” commented Michael O’Connell, Director of Operational Police Support at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.

“The safety of thousands of fans over the next four weeks is INTERPOL’s current top priority, which is why the INTERPOL IMEST teams will be there throughout the event to provide operational support to national law enforcement authorities, along with the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Warsaw and Kiev,” O’Connell added.

With thousands of visitors travelling to Poland and Ukraine during the tournament, ensuring security is the top priority for local law enforcement, as terrorists and other international criminals might try to use falsified, stolen or lost passports to conceal their identities and enter the country to engage in criminal activities.

To counter this threat, IMEST staff in Kiev and Warsaw will be able to process and check thousands of identity profiles with instant, direct access to INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, which contains information on more than 32 million travel documents reported as lost or stolen by 163 countries and enables immigration and border control officers to ascertain the validity of a suspect travel document in seconds.

To date, some 70 IMESTs have provided support to countries across the world. INTERPOL is also preparing to deploy an IMEST to London to boost security at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In addition to the deployment of IMEST teams, INTERPOL will also be supporting the UEFA event through its coordination of Operation SOGA — short for ‘soccer gambling’ — targeting illegal football gambling across Southeast Asia.”

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EURO 2012 INTERPOL interview with Major General Vasyl Nevolia

June 11, 2012

INTERPOLHQ published on YouTube on June 9, 2012 the following:

UEFA European Football Championship safety an INTERPOL priority

To assist local police authorities in making the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship in Ukraine and Poland as safe as possible for the players, officials and thousands of expected spectators, two INTERPOL Major Events Support Teams (IMESTs) have been deployed to the two host countries to help detect potential threats of terrorism, hooliganism and serious crime and to facilitate the real-time exchange of key police information to secure their borders.

Composed of experienced specialized police officers and highly trained operational assistants, the two IMEST teams were put in place ahead of the opening of the event (8 June — 1 July), to help make critical data accessible to key security officials in the two host countries.

The IMEST teams will help local police forces secure the four-week event by facilitating access to INTERPOL’s secure network which permits the exchange of vital police data such as fingerprints, images, stolen identity documents and wanted person profiles with all 190 INTERPOL member countries, allowing police in the field to quickly identify potential criminals.

“The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship is not exclusively a Ukrainian and Polish event. From a security standpoint, it is an international event, with all the security risks that entails,” commented Michael O’Connell, Director of Operational Police Support at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.

“The safety of thousands of fans over the next four weeks is INTERPOL’s current top priority, which is why the INTERPOL IMEST teams will be there throughout the event to provide operational support to national law enforcement authorities, along with the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Warsaw and Kiev,” O’Connell added.

With thousands of visitors travelling to Poland and Ukraine during the tournament, ensuring security is the top priority for local law enforcement, as terrorists and other international criminals might try to use falsified, stolen or lost passports to conceal their identities and enter the country to engage in criminal activities.

To counter this threat, IMEST staff in Kiev and Warsaw will be able to process and check thousands of identity profiles with instant, direct access to INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, which contains information on more than 32 million travel documents reported as lost or stolen by 163 countries and enables immigration and border control officers to ascertain the validity of a suspect travel document in seconds.

To date, some 70 IMESTs have provided support to countries across the world. INTERPOL is also preparing to deploy an IMEST to London to boost security at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In addition to the deployment of IMEST teams, INTERPOL will also be supporting the UEFA event through its coordination of Operation SOGA — short for ‘soccer gambling’ — targeting illegal football gambling across Southeast Asia.”

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Scourge of match-fixing getting worse, says Blatter

March 23, 2012

Chicago Tribune on March 22, 2012 released the following:

“Mike Collett
Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The scourge of match-fixing is undermining football and the problem is getting worse, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday.

Blatter, addressing the UEFA Congress in Istanbul, said FIFA’s decision to use an ‘early warning system’ which monitors suspicious betting patterns and alerts the international police force Interpol was paying off but that the problem was growing.

He also alluded to Turkey being affected by match-rigging – Fenerbahce were banned from the Champions League this season due to match-fixing.

“Are we responsible for all the evils in our world? No. But we must see to it that we stay alert,” said Blatter. “There is something that is new and concerns the region where we are and that is illegal betting and this leads to match rigging.”

Blatter was pleased that FIFA, UEFA and the other confederations were working closely with Interpol.

“We are working together against the scourge of match-rigging, which is undermining our sport. This makes our sport a matter of chance when matches are being rigged.”

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan also spoke of match-fixing in his address to the Congress but said individuals and not clubs should be punished.

“We must punish the individuals involved, the criminals, and not perhaps entire clubs or communities,” he said.

Early newspapers carried an open letter to UEFA President Michel Platini and UEFA officials which began: “Turkish Football Is Corrupted” and called on UEFA to take action against the Turkish FA which, they claimed, “has blocked the applications of disciplinary actions against match-fixing for eight months.”

The letter was signed by the Turkish Fair Play Platform.

Blatter also announced that UEFA’s new insurance cover for European-based players on international duty would be extended worldwide and that FIFA would insure all players involved in international matches on official dates from the start of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in September.

“You have to have the best interests of the players and we will have the pleasure of announcing at the next executive committee that from this year we will have total insurance coverage for all matches on the international match calendar,” he said.

“This is an insurance coverage for the players, for the clubs and for the associations.””

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UEFA and INTERPOL to join forces in tackling football-related crime ahead of EURO 2012

January 12, 2012

INTERPOL on January 11, 2012 released the following:

“NYON, Switzerland – During a meeting at UEFA Headquarters today, UEFA President Michel Platini and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble identified a number of areas for cooperation between the two organizations in tackling football-related crimes, including match-fixing and international security threats to EURO 2012 matches.

Mr Platini and Mr Noble agreed to work towards a memorandum of understanding to be signed in the near future that will reinforce the working relationship and exchange of information between the two organizations.

“For UEFA, the ongoing fight against match-fixing is one of the most important priorities in my second term as UEFA President,” said Mr Platini. “By agreeing to sign a memorandum of understanding with INTERPOL, and by working closely with their network and through our betting fraud detection system, the net is now tightening on those involved in match-fixing and illegal sports betting.”

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble again underlined the world police body’s commitment to helping stamp out all forms of crime affecting the integrity of the sport and match security.

“Clearly match-fixing is a worldwide issue,” said the INTERPOL Chief. “INTERPOL is ideally placed to help UEFA, FIFA and all footballing professionals tackle the issue effectively at a global level, but at the same time it is important not to lose sight of other types of crime which can affect the sport.

“Following today’s meeting with the UEFA President, Michel Platini, I can confidently say that the collaboration that already exists between UEFA and INTERPOL in tackling the issue of match-fixing will become even closer,” Mr Noble added.

With INTERPOL already set to provide support ahead of and during the UEFA EURO 2012 final tournament, through the deployment of an INTERPOL Major Events Support Teams (IMESTs) to the two host countries, Poland and Ukraine, the framework is already in place for closer liaison in combating all forms of crime to better protect the sport, as well as its players, officials and fans.

As part of the support being provided by INTERPOL during UEFA EURO 2012, the IMESTs deployed to Poland and Ukraine will liaise with all of the world police body’s 190 member countries to facilitate the real-time exchange of messages and key police intelligence including fingerprints, wanted persons notices and data relating to stolen and lost travel documents and stolen motor vehicles.

In 2011 INTERPOL created its Integrity in Sport Unit as part of the 10-year venture agreed between FIFA and INTERPOL to target match-fixing and illegal and irregular betting across the globe.

In addition to developing training workshops and e-learning programmes for both those directly involved in football and law enforcement, the unit will establish a network of dedicated contact points throughout the world ahead of the opening of the dedicated FIFA Anti-Corruption Training Wing within the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, due to become operational in early 2014.”

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