Malta Football Association
Malta FA Integrity Tour session held at Tuscany university
Jul 26, 2019
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  • Franz Tabone (right) with Declan Hill.

Franz Tabone, the Integrity Officer of the Malta Football Association, was in Italy recently to give a presentation on integrity issues in football and the fight against match-fixing.

Accepting an invitation from Declan Hill, the well-known investigative journalist and Associate Professor of Investigations at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, United States, Tabone addressed Organised Crime students at the university’s European campus in Prato.


Tabone’s session consisted of two lectures – one centred on a case study about a club which was targeted for match-fixing purposes, and the second was the presentation shared with local clubs, schools, administrators and University of Malta students as part of the Malta FA Integrity Tour.


“In these lectures, I gave information about criminal law and sport regulations which are intended to deter all football stakeholders from involving themselves in match-fixing,” Tabone said.


The visit to Prato also served as an opportunity to discuss new initiatives in the global fight against match-fixing in sports.


“This time, my audience was composed of American students who are following an Organised Crime course at the New Haven University which is renowned for trainining and producing top investigators and law enforcers across the United States,” Tabone added.


Tabone was recently presented with the President’s Award by former Malta FA President Norman Darmanin Demajo for his outstanding contribution to Maltese football, particularly the fight against match-fixing.

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