FAZ wants to preserve what is great in the beautiful game and has devised rules regarding betting in football to help protect the integrity and future of football.
These rules apply to everyone involved in football, from the players and managers, to the match officials and club staff.
This also includes a worldwide ban on betting on any other football-related matter. For example, the transfer of players, employment of managers or team selection. The passing of inside information to somebody that uses the information for betting remains prohibited.
Inside information is information that you are aware of due to your position in the game and which is not publicly available - for example, this may be injury or team selection news.
You are not allowed to use inside information to place a bet or to instruct someone else to do so on your behalf.
You are not allowed to pass inside information on to someone else which they use for betting.
You can be considered to have passed inside information by word of mouth, email, writing, or even social media postings.
You may be in breach of the Rules if you pass inside information on to someone else even if you did not know that they were going to use it to bet.
Fixing is arranging in advance the result or conduct of a match or competition, or any event within a match or competition.
Fixing is prohibited and is treated very seriously. In addition, offering or accepting any bribes related in any way to improperly influencing the result or conduct of a match or competition or any event within a match or competition is similarly prohibited and serious.
If you attempt to fix, you are likely to get caught and receive a charge. If found proved, this is likely to lead to a significant suspension, and in some instances, a lifetime ban.
If you are approached or suspect that a colleague or someone you know has been approached or is involved in fixing, then you must report it to The Football Association of Zambia immediately.
Failure to report any such offers may result in a charge against you.
Approaches to fix games or events within games is not just the concern of players - these approaches may also be made to Match Officials. You could be offered money or rewards for influencing the outcome of a game by awarding penalties or sending off players.
Football Association of Zambia has a system in place to take action should they become aware of any suspicious activity concerning a match, such as replacing the appointed Match Officials prior to the game.
If you are approached, or are aware of anything suspicious regarding a game that you have officiated then you must report it to Football Association of Zambia.
If you attempt to match fix, or pass on inside information, you are likely to get caught if found guilty, then this can lead to financial penalties, suspensions, and in some instances, lifetime bans.
It is your responsibility to make sure you know the rules and help support the collective effort from the football authorities, players, clubs and officials, to protect the integrity of the game. Remember, it’s your reputation, your responsibility and your career.
The Association is committed to the promotion of fair play, integrity and the eradication of maladministration, match fixing and corruption in football.
Our integrity framework seeks to consolidate all the good governance initiatives that we have introduced while at the same time, ensuring full alignment with the FIFA Code of Ethics.