FIFA hires Ralf Mutschke as security head


ZURICH (AP) -- Former Interpol director Ralf Mutschke has been hired to lead FIFA's security division.

The 52-year-old German will take over the duties of outgoing security director Chris Eaton on June 1, soccer's governing body said in announcing the appointment on Friday.

"For me, the main issue will be the integrity of FIFA competitions. The focus here will be on match-fixing, betting fraud and corruption," Mutschke said in a statement.

FIFA said Mutschke currently works for the German Federal Criminal Police Office, and worked with team security officers at the 2006 World Cup and 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany.

At Interpol, he was director of the regional and national police services from 2000-02, after two years as an assistant director of a personal crimes division.

Mutschke also will take responsibility for securing FIFA's international competitions, including the World Cup, plus "FIFA headquarters in Zurich, the FIFA president and the FIFA administration."

"We have decided to strengthen the former security department, making it into a full division in order to continue to tackle all issues related to football security and the protection of the integrity of the game," FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said in a statement.

Eaton is leaving FIFA to join a Qatar-based sports security consultancy.

The former detective from Australia was initially hired to help ensure security at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, then took the lead in a global network of ongoing investigations into match-fixing linked to organized crime and illegal betting.