Anti-Match Fixing in the UKPublished July 24, 2013 by OCR Editor
bet365, Ladbrokes and Betfair have signed with the Professional Players Federation for the continuation of the educational program for players.
It began a few years ago with the Professional Players Federation (PPF) seeing need for an educational program to stop match fixing among players. The PPF represents over 15,500 professional and amateur athletes in the UK. With the end of the program in sight, bet365, Ladbrokes and Betfair took it among themselves to earmark funding for the next three years of this important program which will educate an additional 7,500 professional athletes in the UK.
Members of Parliament in the UK are all for this program, especially Hugh Robertson the minister of sports who related that this program would "help safeguard sport from cheats. Educating players on betting integrity is a vital tool in the fight against corruption."
The PPF represents 11 sporting bodies including the League Managers Association, Professional Cricketers' Association, Professional Footballers' Association, Professional Golfers' Association, The European Tour and many others. Earlier programs educated more than 5,600 athletes about sports betting and this new deal shows just how serious online sportsbooks are to support it.
"Over the next three years we will expand the program to reach more sports; find new ways to keep the messages fresh; and continue to make sure that British sportsmen are some of the best educated in the world about the dangers of match fixing," said PPF chairman Brendan Batson.