CFL launches educational campaign on match-fixing and corruption

Players from the Canadian Football League (CFL) will receive in-depth education on sports betting and the dangers of match manipulation in light of the increasing frequency of such incidents in the sport. 

The CFL ‘Matchday Manipulation Policy’ is an e-learning course distributed by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), which sets out to “maintain the integrity of the league and protect against the increasing threats of match manipulation” through various educational activities and example scenarios. 

Some of these activities shine a light on corruption offences, explore the consequences of them, and provide guidance on the various means by which they can be reported to the corresponding authority. 

CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie commented: “When done responsibly, sports wagering can be a way for our fans to better connect with the game they love, but it can also open the possibility for individuals and outcomes to be questioned.

“The Match Manipulation Policy and its corresponding education safeguards the integrity of our great game and the character of our players, leaders and personnel. As sports wagering grows, we must continue to focus on education, responsibility and accountability throughout the league.”

The course was developed in collaboration with McLaren Global Sports Solutions to address how lucrative the CFL league is to match-fixers, with a single game capable of generating more than $6m from global wagers, according to the CCES.

Jeremy Luke, CCES President and CEO, added: “The CFL’s new Match Manipulation Policy provides an important layer of protection for the league against anyone who would try to manipulate events for their gain.

“As with all policies, it’s essential that everyone who is subject to it has a clear sense of their rights and responsibilities under that policy. The e-learning course the CCES has provided for players and personnel will ensure learners understand the policy’s core elements and gives them the tools to identify match manipulation in practice.”

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