ESSA Reflects on Match Fixing

Published September 6, 2010 by OCR Editor

ESSA Reflects on Match Fixing

Repairing a torn reputation.

In the shadow of the cricket gambling outrage surrounding the test match between England and Pakistan, Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA) has been airing his views on match fixing in sport.

With the recent cricket scandal still making the headlines, how can the betting and sports industries put the fans' minds at rest and restore lost dignity?

A Sports-Wide 'Cancer'

According to Ali the betting industry already has many safeguards in place. "Well run, licensed, regulated bookmaking operators - on or offline" are fairly robust when it comes to corruption as, "the internet provides perfect audit trails of all transactions."

Ali feels the spotlight should be on the sports industry as opposed to the betting industry as, "bookmakers are the biggest losers when it comes to match-fixing."

ESSA's a Great Model for the Sports Industry

In June, Jacques Rogge, Chairman of IOC called for key players, including betting operators, to jointly produce rules, disciplinary procedures, enforcement and technology to "defeat match-fixing on a global scale."

This is certainly a positive route forward and one in keeping with the ethos of ESSA, who have developed their own measures for European sports that include a code of conduct on sports betting for athletes and industry-leading security measures.

Ali agrees with Rogge that match-fixing is a global problem but feels that "licensed, regulated betting operators are doing their utmost to maintain the integrity of sport." He does, however, feel that it is now the turn of the sports industry to be reflective on this issue and come up with a response to the current glut of corruption scandals.

ESSA was established in 2005 and includes membership from leading European online sportsbook operators, including bwin, PartyGaming and Ladbrokes. They have developed an early warning system that highlights any suspicious betting activity.

See also

New Zealand Cracks Down on Match-Fixing

Gambling Book Review: The Big Fix

It's Time to Educate against Match Fixing

Gambling Operators Join FIFA's Anti Match-fixing Coalition for Brazil 2014 World Cup

Anti-Match Fixing in the UK

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