Scottish FA introduce hotline for integrity issues

The 'Keep it Clean' launch

The Scottish Football Association is launching an anonymous phone service to help combat the threat of match-fixing and other "integrity-related issues".

The hotline will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will remain active for the rest of the season.

"The threat posed to the integrity of the game is clear and present," said SFA chief executive Stewart Regan.

"While we should be proud of the reputation Scotland has worked hard to cultivate we must be extra vigilant."

The phone service has been established to raise any concerns that compromise football: from match-fixing, betting patterns, doping issues or other unlawful pressures applied from third parties around or outside the game.

And the SFA has appointed a new security and integrity officer, Peter McLaughlin.

Regan explained that McLaughlin's remit "will be to liaise with the relevant stakeholders in this country and internationally to ensure there are clear lines of communication and that we work together to ensure Scottish football remains clear of this modern scourge".

Fraser Wishart, PFA Scotland chief executive, was also present at the Keep It Clean launch.

"Players are often the most vulnerable people in the game when it comes to those who seek to perpetrate match-fixing," he said.

"We work tirelessly with FIFPro, the global players' union, to provide a support network and closer to home have established a joint education programme with the Scottish FA to ensure players have access to all information available to them to protect them from this growing threat."

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