Play Fair Code
Partner and Expert in the Fight against Match-Fixing and for Integrity in Sports
The Play Fair Code (Association for Protecting Integrity in Sports) is an initiative of the Ministry of Sport (BMOEDS), the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) and the Austrian Football Bundesliga (ÖFBL). It was founded and institutionalised in 2012.
Under the guidance and leadership of President Günter Kaltenbrunner, it is the aim of the Play Fair Code, together with the Austrian professional sports federations, the athletes, the coaches, the trainers and club officials, to achieve clean competition that is free of tampering by way of preventive measures, raising awareness, training and education.
The Play Fair Code initiative covers three main pillars:
- Prevention (training events, education and raising awareness)
- A Central Ombudsperson for persons affected
The sports at the greatest risk (because they can be bet on in market-relevant volumes) are represented in the Play Fair Code: namely, football (ÖFB, ÖFBL), ice hockey (EBEL), basketball (ABL), skiing (ÖSV), handball (Handball Austria) and tennis (ÖTV).
In the area of prevention, training programmes are offered for professional athletes, referees, and club and association officials, as well as for young, aspiring athletes.
In 500+ training events that have been held up to now, involving 15,000+ athletes, prevention could be durably and broadly advanced and the athletes’ consciousness of the dangers of match-fixing and in favour of the integrity of sports could be sharpened using sport-specific training modules (storytelling, real examples and cases, videos, etc.).
In addition to the setting up of an ombudsperson position, the Play Fair Code has thus established itself in the world of Austrian sports as the key point of contact and source of counselling for athletes, coaches, trainers and other persons affected by match fixing.
In addition to Admiral, the Austrian Olympic Committee (ÖOC), the Austrian Sports Organization (BSO), the Austrian Lotteries, and the Austrian Sports Betting Association (OSWV), as well as other betting services providers, are members and partners in the Play Fair Code network.
Play Fair Code President Günter Kaltenbrunner
“It is important for us to have ADMIRAL, as one of the most important betting services providers in Austria, on board with the Play Fair Code. The anchoring of ADMIRAL and all of our partners in the sports betting industry in the Austrian Sports Betting Association is particularly important to us, since this commitment underscores the interest, cutting across the competition, in seriousness and integrity and is highly compatible with the goals and tasks of the Play Fair Code.”
Thanks to the activities of the last 7 years, an Austrian national action plan against match-fixing could thus be implemented together with all the partners.
Internationally, the Play Fair Code is a valued and respected expert partner for a variety of organisations and sports programmes (UEFA, IOC, INTERPOL, IIHF, Erasmus+ Programme, etc.).
On the European level, EU-funded Erasmus+ programmes that are supported by the Play Fair Code include the European Rookie Cup (ERC), Fix the Fixing (FtF), Anti Match-Fixing Top Training (AMATT) and Against Match Fixing (AMF) projects.
For its contribution to the fight against match-fixing, the Play Fair Code was awarded the 2014 European Fair Play Diploma.
As athlete or sports official, do not bet on competitions in which you are participating or on matches of your own club or a club that is active in the same division. In doing so, you risk disciplinary action on the part of your sports federation. Further information can be found from our partner Play Fair Code.