French betting industry trade body ESSA has signed an integrity agreement with the French gambling regulatory authority ARJEL, in which both parties have agreed to pool resources and information on suspicious betting patterns throughout the duration of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.
The partnership is to cover a full spectrum of sports and competitions – and has been seen as an indication of both organisations’ ongoing commitment to protecting against the threat of max-fixing, both for the duration of the French-hosted tournament and beyond.
This agreement represents an important milestone in establishing a network of international information sharing agreements between regulators and responsible regulated betting operators.
“We are delighted to be working with ARJEL,” said ESSA chairman Mike O’Kane. “This agreement represents an important milestone in establishing a network of international information sharing agreements between regulators and responsible regulated betting operators. One of our key objectives has been to establish cross sector partnerships as the most effective means of tackling betting related corruption in sport.”
Meanwhile, O’Kane’s counterpart at ARJEL Charles Coppolani remarked: “This agreement strengthens our betting integrity framework ahead of one of the biggest sporting events in the world, taking place on French soil. Sports betting integrity is paramount and ARJEL is committed to protecting that ethos and to working with responsible stakeholders such as ESSA.”