FA welcomes moves to tackle betting-related corruption

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A new online resource from the Sports Betting Integrity Forum has been met with an enthusiastic response from the FA and the under-secretary of state for sport and tourism, Tracey Crouch.

The FA’s director of football regulation and administration, Darren Bailey, has welcomed the launch of a new website aimed at tackling betting-related corruption in sport.

The Sports Betting Integrity Forum, on which Bailey sits as co-chair, has developed a new online resource as part of its strategy to address risks associated with match fixing to help preserve and protect sports betting integrity in the UK.

It features a range of best practice products and resources, including examples of education programmes and prevention strategies, models of best practise and case studies and relevant research and reports.

Progress reports on the delivery of the Sports and Sports Betting Action Plan will be published on the website, along with news articles and updates related to betting integrity from sport, law enforcement agencies, the betting industry and the Gambling Commission.

The UK Government-backed forum brings together representatives from sports governing bodies, including The Football Association, betting operators, sport and betting trade associations, law enforcement and gambling regulation.

Bailey said: “The forum was created to further demonstrate the commitment from each partner to protect the integrity of British sport.

“The launch of the new website exemplifies this collaborative and co-ordinated approach and complements the measures already taken by sport, betting operators and the Gambling Commission to do what is necessary to confront the risks to sport and the betting industry from match fixing.”

Nick Tofiluk, director of regulation, said: “We have already taken some very positive steps in Britain to address the risks to the integrity of sport and sports betting. I am delighted that what we have achieved so far, along with our plans for the future is now accessible to all, in one place, via the SBIF website”

Tracey Crouch, parliamentary under-secretary for Department for Culture, Media and Sport, added: “The integrity of sport is absolutely paramount and we have to do all that we can to protect it. The Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan is about ensuring that Britain remains a safe place to bet on sport and to tackle any threat of corruption that emerges.

“We cannot be complacent. The Gambling Commission, sports bodies, law enforcement agencies and betting operators are all well aligned on this with effective collaboration vital in the fight against match fixing.”

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