ESSA Reports Possible Illegal Sports Betting Patterns

Published Sunday, April 17, 2016 -
ESSA Reports Possible Illegal Sports Betting Patterns

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, a not for profit organisation with the primary purpose of protecting betting and sports integrity said recently about early initiatives  in that direction, “The project marks another important milestone in the development of an effective and coordinated international collaboration between key stakeholders that are intent on driving criminals out of sport.” “Responsible regulated betting operators want nothing else than sport to be free from manipulation and will do whatever we can to help to achieve that.”

With a two tiered system now in place a report revealing the results of the ESSA early warning system which primarily works on the input provided by its members, notably alerts created by members relating to suspicious transactions detected by their own internal control systems.

Now ESSA has revealed that it has noticed and reported there were 11 instances of suspicious betting patterns.  Authorities were alerted that the instances occurred during the first three months of 2016. Apparently the sport of tennis was at the top of the list of suspicious wagering. Baseball and football were among the 11 cases but it was stated that nine note worthy corrupt possibilities were detected.  

The area of the world where most of the dubious betting action took place was in the Asian jurisdiction with five cases reportedly originating from there. Europe was next with three infractions from the norm with Africa and Latin America also being locations where officials were sceptical of the betting pattern.

The ESSA programme is supported with funding by the European Commission which has said it will remain committed to combating match-fixing across professional sport by the use of the ESSA system. The report came out to coincide with the annual EU sports integrity day which is designed to raise awareness amongst stakeholders and lovers of sports, reinforce the key education messages about sports-betting integrity, showcase good practice in the fight against match-fixing, and demonstrate a public commitment to preventing match-fixing from harming sport.





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