- Do not let yourself be manipulated - unscrupulous individuals might try to develop a relationship with you built on favours or fears that they will then try to exploit for their benefit in possibly fixing an event. This can include the offer of gifts, loans and support when players are young and trying to make it.
- If you have any concerns about anyone making offers to you then it is crucial that you tell someone in a senior position within your sport such as your federation and/or player association.
Don’t bet on yourself or the opponent As a professional athlete, you must not bet on any match you or your team is involved in as it would trigger a potential conflict of interest not compatible with the integrity or ethics of your sport. This includes betting on yourself or your team to win, lose or draw as well as any of the different side-bets. These might not affect the result of the match but could nevertheless have an adverse effect on the public perception of both you and your sport and may breach national laws and/or sport specific regulations. If you bet on yourself or your opponent you risk having your image and reputation tarnished, being sanctioned or banned by your sport (possibly for life), the possibility of losing your job and even being subject to a criminal investigation. Note: Once you have been knocked out of any sanctioned tournament it would then be acceptable for you to bet on other players. Fixing an event, or part of an event: an absolute No-No Whatever the reason, do not seek to fix any aspect of a competition, no matter how small. Do not put yourself in a situation which would bring you, or even force you, to adversely influence the natural course of a sporting event. There is no such thing as a quick and easy win and your actions will undoubtedly result in severe consequences for you and/or your team. Fixing an event, or part of an event goes against the rules and ethics of sport and when caught may lead to a criminal prosecution and a lifetime ban from that sport. So do not put yourself at risk: