By Gregory Blachier
Interpol said on Friday it was suspending the use of funds it gets from FIFA for its ‘Integrity in Sport’ programme in light of ongoing investigations into corruption against world football’s governing body.
The international police body won 20 million euros ($22.4 million) from FIFA under a 2011 deal to create a 10-year programme to tackle match-rigging and illegal gambling – its biggest single contribution from any private partner.
“All external partners, whether public or private, must share the fundamental values and principles of the organization, as well as those of the wider law enforcement community,” said Juergen Stock, Interpol’s secretary general.
An Interpol spokeswoman said the programme, aimed at preventing match rigging and illegal gambling across its 190 member countries, had other funding, and would continue.
The spokeswoman said the FIFA funding had been used on education and prevention measures. Under the agreement it was to have received and spent more than half the funding by now, with some 4 million euros in each of the first two years of the project and 1.5 million for each year thereafter.
Interpol’s total budget is 80 million euros a year, according to its web site.