Interpol freezes use of Fifa funds over corruption allegations

International criminal police organisation Interpol has opted to end the use of funds provided by Fifa due to an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption at football’s global governing body.

As reported by iGaming Business, Interpol in 2011 entered into a partnership with Fifa as part of a joint effort to combat corruption in sport.

Under the agreement, Fifa provided a donation of €20m ($22.4m) to enable the creation of a 10-year ‘Integrity in Sport’ programme.

The initiative was designed to help Interpol’s various member countries around the world prevent the manipulation of sporting events and illegal gambling by criminal groups.

The contract included a clause stating that “the Funding Party declares notably that its activities are compatible with the principles, aims and activities of Interpol”.

Following the emergence of alleged high-level corruption within the sports body, Interpol secretary general Jürgen Stock has confirmed the police body will stop using funds from Fifa .

The decision has been supported by the Interpol Executive Committee.

“In light of the current context surrounding Fifa, while Interpol is still committed to developing our Integrity in Sport programme, I have decided to suspend the agreement,” Stock said.

“All external partners, whether public or private, must share the fundamental values and principles of the organisation, as well as those of the wider law enforcement community.”

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