Rugby Football Union SIgns On With ESSA

Published Sunday, January 28, 2018 -
Rugby Football Union SIgns On With ESSA

The Rugby Football Union is the governing body for rugby union in England. Founded in 1871, it was the sport's international governing body prior to the formation of what is now known as World Rugby in 1886. It promotes and runs the sport, organises international matches for the England national team, and educates and trains players and officials.

ESSA and the Rugby Football Union have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enable ESSA to employ its monitoring and alert system to pick up on suspicious betting activities around Rugby Football Union governed events.

ESSA is a not for profit organisation, whose members operate through retail, on-line and telephone channels, certified in anti-money laundering and regulatory requirements that protect betting and sports integrity. The role of ESSA is to provide an early warning system with the specific aim of detecting and deterring the corruption of ESSA members’ betting markets through the manipulation of sporting events.

RFU legal and governance director Angus Bujalski commented, “While no instances of betting related match-fixing have to date been identified in English rugby union we need to continue to be vigilant,” Bujalski continued, “We have already put in place a range of measures to raise awareness and to set clear rules to maintain the integrity of the game.

“This MoU is another important milestone in that process and complements our existing work. English rugby has so far been free of betting related match-fixing and we are working hard with our partners such as ESSA to ensure that it remains that way.”

Khalid Ali, general secretary at ESSA, also said,  “No one can or should be complacent in the face of criminal elements intent on corrupting any sport to defraud betting companies.

“The RFU is among a group of sports bodies that have made important and effective strides in this area and ESSA remains committed to working in partnership with those responsible organisations.”


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