FIFA security director Eaton leaves for Qatar job
FIFA security director Chris Eaton is leaving football’s
governing body just weeks after he launched a global campaign to
FIFA said Friday that Eaton will join the Qatar-based
International Center for Sport Security in May as its Director of
Eaton was expected to lead FIFA’s yearlong campaign to
investigate corrupt players, coaches, referees and football
officials after a spate of match-fixing and allegations in dozens
of countries exposed the multibillion-dollar criminal trade in
illegal and irregular betting.
”Needless to say, FIFA remains fully committed to the fight
against match-fixing, an area where it has undertaken pioneering
work,” the governing body said in a statement. ”FIFA will appoint
in the coming weeks a replacement for Chris Eaton, who will work
together with his successor over the next few months to ensure a
seamless transition and hand over the various ongoing
Eaton, a former detective from Australia, had brought a new
rigor to FIFA investigations since he joined from Interpol ahead of
the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
”I am sad to be leaving FIFA, but I am pleased to take with me
an experience and knowledge that only FIFA within the current
environment can provide,” Eaton said in a statement.
Eaton created a team of criminal investigators based in London,
Colombia, Malaysia and Jordan which visited 60 countries last year
following a trail of cases linked to southeast Asian fixers and
illegal gambling operations.
FIFA estimates that fixers make between $5 billion and $15
billion in profit each year from manipulating matches across all
Eaton also helped FIFA and Interpol link up in a ?20 million
($26.3 million) anti-corruption project in Singapore to educate
football officials over the next 10 years.
”I am taking a new challenge that will encompass all sports,
many of which could learn from FIFA’s approach to combatting
match-fixing,” he said.
The ICSS advises governments and sports federations on security
issues and protecting sports from organized crime.