01/05/2012 01:45 EST | Updated 03/06/2012 05:12 EST

FIFA targets informers inside organized crime gangs to help fight match-fixing plots

ZURICH - FIFA is working with informers inside organized crime syndicates to help protect the World Cup from match-fixing and betting plots.

FIFA's security director Chris Eaton says his investigations team is "developing sources both in criminal organizations and football that will advise us."

He tells FIFA's website that "infiltration of serious criminals" into some of football's 208 national associations is "the most pressing issue" to stop international matches being fixed for profit.

Eaton believes the 2014 World Cup is most at risk in qualifiers involving teams which are unlikely to reach the finals in Brazil.

FIFA will open a whistleblowers' hotline next month offering rewards and amnesties if players, referees and officials provide information.