February 12, 2015

French Interpol Experts To Investigate Uganda Cranes Match Fixing Claims

Top Interpol experts from Lyon, France will arrive in Uganda soon to carry out investigations into claims that some of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) games were fixed.

Asan Kasingye, Interpol Director
Asan Kasingye, Interpol Director

Asan Kasingye, the Assistant Inspector General of Police and Director of Interpol and International Relations revealed.

In November last year the Uganda FA President, Moses Magogo said because of  public outcry and allegations involving Uganda Cranes 2-0 loss to Guinea in the last 2015 Afcon qualifier, they decided to hand the matter to the police to investigate.

Magogo said that considering that match fixing is one of the cardinal offenses in football, they have decided to engage the Police to utilize its expertise, facilities and the law to investigate the entire campaign into such allegations so that those innocent are cleared.

He said the Federation received reports of fans attacking different players for allegedly fixing the match result against Guinea.

The Cranes who needed only a draw to Guinea in November also had skipper Andrew Mwesigwa sent-off.

However, Kasingye said that although the FA has been adamant on giving information about this matter, his office has managed to get lots of information on the subject and investigations will continue.

Kasingye who did not mention when the experts will arrive in the country said Interpol has a partnership with FIFA to fight match fixing.

In October last year a joint FIFA, FIFPro and INTERPOL global campaign to fight match manipulation was launched at the FIFPro Congress in Tokyo.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of match manipulation, to provide positive role models for players, and to educate them – and all other members of the football family – on how to recognize, resist and report any attempts to manipulate matches.

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