Spanish Football League appoints the ICSS

London – England, Oct 9, 2013: League, The Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) of Spain and the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) have today announced a partnership agreement across areas of sport integrity with a specific focus on issues of match fixing.

The agreement is part of the LFP’s aims to further strengthen its capabilities across all areas of sport integrity. The cooperation will provide for crucial information sharing, with the ICSS able to provide the LFP with insight and expertise from international experience, as well as being able to advise on areas such as enhancing regulations within the LFP’s Charter relating to match fixing.

The ICSS’s involvement builds on the work implemented in this area by the LFP and through their recently-established Sport Integrity Unit. The ICSS will provide advice on how best to further structure and resource sport integrity within the LFP.

“Sports integrity is an absolute priority for the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional and match fixing has been on my agenda since I became Chairman. My aim is to find adequate solutions to reduce this phenomena and as such, we are dedicated to collaborate and act together with organisations such as the ICSS to enhance the fight against match fixing,” said Javier Tebas Medrano, President of the LFP.

“We look forward to working with the ICSS in terms of sharing information, expertise and support in order to champion and promote integrity in and for our sport.”

Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said;

“We share and support the vision of the LFP and, indeed, the personal dedication of President Tebas, to strive for integrity in football and across all sports. We fully endorse the initiatives already taken by the LFP and applaud their efforts to protect and preserve the integrity of La Liga.”

The partnership will be led by Chris Eaton, Director of Sport Integrity at the ICSS, who will work closely with the LFP across all aspects of the collaboration.

“We admire the LFP’s commitment to preserving integrity in sport and to ensuring that match fixing is stamped out. It is important that football continues to be vigilant and develop strong policies that safeguard sport integrity. Our teams of experts in this field look forward to working with the LFP to support its ongoing endeavours to promote integrity,” said Eaton.

About the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP)

Founded on 26th July 1984, La Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) is the representative body of the professional football clubs of Spain’s First and Second Divisions.

Consisting of 42 teams, including the 20 Liga BBVA teams in Spain’s top football division, and the 22 teams in Liga ADELANTE – the second tier of Spanish football – the LFP is part of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). The LFP has legal autonomy in its operations, which include the organisation of the national football competitions in Spain.

The LFP headquarter offices are located in Madrid, Spain. —- By Will Shand

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