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CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb To Address Soccerex Global Convention

Tue 26th Aug 2014 | Football Industry Events

Soccerex have confirmed Jeffrey Webb, President of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) will be doing his first industry interview of the season at this year’s Soccerex Global Convention, 6-10 September, Manchester. 

President Webb has made has huge strides since his unanimous election in 2012, when he became the youngest leader of any regional association within FIFA. In addition to his role at CONCACAF, President Webb is also a FIFA Vice President and head of FIFA’s anti racism task force and he has quickly established himself as one of the most important and highly respected administrators in world football.

The Soccerex Global Convention will see President Webb, in discussion with David Davies, look at challenges he has had to overcome during his time in charge of CONCACAF and give his insight into plans for the future development of football across the region, including the proposed Caribbean Premier League and CONCACAF’s hosting of the Centennial Copa America in 2016. In his broader FIFA capacity he will also share his thoughts on some of the key issues affecting the world game including discrimination in football.

Jeffrey Webb is part of a strong FIFA delegation at the event which includes FIFA President Joseph Blatter, fellow Vice Presidents Jim Boyce and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein plus a further four FIFA Executive Committee members.

Commenting on President Webb’s participation, Soccerex CEO, Duncan Revie commented: “I am absolutely thrilled President Webb has agreed to participate in this year’s Soccerex Global Convention. CONCACAF is undoubtedly a region on the rise and the success of their nations in this summer’s FIFA World Cup is testament to the great work he has done in a short space of time.”

President Webb’s session is one of a series of headline Conference panels featuring the biggest names in world football addressing the most pressing issues in the game. Other speakers confirmed for the event include FIFA President, Joseph Blatter, RFU CEO, Ian Ritchie, Olympic legend Michael Johnson, Sky Sports MD, Barney Francis, Liverpool CEO, Ian Ayre and many more.

To see the full Conference Programme please go to http://mysoccerex.com/GC14ConferenceProgramme.pdf.

Match fixing, the scourge of modern football, will also be addressed by a panel of international experts at this year’s Soccerex Global Convention.

John Abbott, chair of the Interpol Integrity in Sport Steering Group, part of Interpol’s joint initiative with FIFA to tackle the problem, will give a presentation of the extent on match fixing in world football before joining Mark Sutcliffe, CEO, Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA), Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, Chief Executive of The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) Europe, and Darren Small, Director of Integrity, Sportradar.

Earlier this year, the Hong Kong FA suspended two First Division clubs after players were arrested by the Hong Kong Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) amid an investigation into alleged match-fixing. As CEO, Mark Sutcliffe has been at the forefront of the HKFA’s actions and has held meetings with FIFA, Interpol, the Hong Kong Police Force and ICAC to develop a national coordinated framework to prevent future incidents of match-fixing and prepare an action plan for the HKFA and other stakeholders.

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros joined ICSS early this year after nine years as CEO of the European Professional Football League Association (EPFL). In his new role as Chief Executive of The ICSS Europe, Emanuel will spearhead the organisation’s efforts to strengthen their position in the continent and provide a focal point to address emerging trends which further threaten sport at global level, such as issues around third-party ownership of players’ economic right, financial integrity, good governance in sport and protection of young athletes.

Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System is internationally recognised as a leading tool in identifying irregular betting behaviours before and during sporting fixtures. The company’s Fraud Prevention Services approach the problem from a different angle: using workshops and e-learning tools to educate those who participate in sport about the dangers of match fixing. As Director of Security Services, Darren Small will provide a valuable insight into how leading federations and leagues worldwide use both to preserve the integrity of their sports and competitions.

Commenting on the session, Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said: “At Soccerex, we always strive to cover the most pertinent issues and nothing is more pertinent or more threatening to the global game than match fixing. The experts we have gathered will provide a real insight into the extent of the issue and what is being done globally to combat it.”

The Soccerex Global Convention kicks off with the Football Festival on 6-7th September, with the conference starting on Monday 8th September. A packed international exhibition and a programme of networking and social events complete the schedule for what is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading football business event.

For full information about Soccerex please visit http://www.soccerex.com/global // call +44 (0)20 8987 5522 // email enquiry@soccerex.com


Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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