By: Jean-Yves Teindas


Finally, after more than five years after it was approved, the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, better known as the Macolin Convention (after the Swiss town where it was signed), a legally binding international instrument designed to fight corruption in sport, came into force.


In 2014, the European Union, together with other countries and global organizations (including FIFA and UEFA), signed the Macolin Convention aimed at preventing, detecting, and punishing match fixing and the manipulation of sports competitions to preserve sports' integrity and ethics. The main objectives of the Convention are:


  1. To prevent, detect and sanction national and transnational manipulation of national and international sports competitions; and

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