ESSA Reveals Suspicious Betting Alerts On Tennis

Published Monday, July 27, 2015 -
ESSA Reveals Suspicious Betting Alerts On Tennis

Tennis has always been a sport that has a huge fan following and at times it has caught the attention of betting regulators for unusual patterns. It comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that the Global sports betting integrity body ESSA has revealed that tennis generated the highest number of suspicious betting alerts during the second quarter of the year.

During the second quarter, ESSA members raised a total of 73 alerts, of which 23 were found to be suspicious and reported to the relevant sporting bodies. Of these complaints tennis, generated a total of 19 of the 23 deemed to be suspicious by ESSA. Football was the only other sport to have garnered a number of suspicious alerts, with four reported during the quarter.

 Mike O’Kane ESSA chair explained, “A number of high-profile scandals have sadly dominated sport since the publication of our first quarterly integrity report,” O’Kane continued, “These relate to suspected match-fixing, most notably in Italy and Spain, and also wider corruption in sport with the revelations of alleged high-profile corrupt practices at senior levels in world football’s governing body, Fifa.

“The two issues are, in a broad sense, linked and good governance practices in sport are an important barometer of its overall integrity level. Whilst we have not seen an upsurge in alerts during Q2, concerns remain regarding certain sports.”

“It is my firm belief that corrupters will continue to prey on sports with poor governance and financial management structures, which is unfortunately widespread in the sector, and that this will continue to weaken the fight against fixers.”

Marc Tarabella, a Member of the European Parliament and co-chair of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Sport added to the report, “Ensuring the integrity of sport is fundamental to its future. It is not only about corruption and match-fixing, however; there is also doping, money laundering and so on. “Unfortunately, some sports have ignored these issues and sport’s image as a whole has been blackened as a result.”



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