SBC Podcast – the battle against match fixing and corruption

BOFCON_2016_small_IMG_1297-EditCheck out the new SBC Podcast featuring the discussion at this year’s Betting on Football #bofcon conference about betting corruption and what more the industry has to do in order to combat match fixing.

Suzanne Davies of Clifton Davies quizzes Gambling Commission Director Nick Tofiluck, Unibet’s integrity officer Eric Konings, and Perform’s Director of Integrity Matt Drew about how the industry can guard against corruption.

Nick Tofiluk began the session outlining how important speed and data processing are to the fight against sports corruption and in the prosecuting of match fixers. However, Tofiluk noted this to be a hard practice to undertake as multiple stakeholders need to cooperate together in order to bring successful prosecutions. Tofiluk detailed the level of data sharing needed between all stakeholders in order to successfully prosecute.

Eric Konings stated that tackling match-fixing has become a core agenda for bookmakers. Konings believes that progress has been made as leading bookmakers and their governances believe that fighting match-fixing and corruption to be a key part of gaining further consumer trust, a key industry benefit for future growth and performance. Konings highlighted Unibet’s efforts in educating athletes and sport stakeholders in detection of corruption and raising awareness of potential match fixing.

Speaking on behalf of data suppliers, Matt Drew stated that dialogue and strategies need to be improved and optimised in order to be more effective. Drew backed Tofiluk stating that speed and data are key.However, Drew points out that stakeholders are hindered by not knowing what data is crucial in combatting individual cases of sports corruption and furthermore what information each stakeholders needs to proceed.

Find out more by checking out the audio above or click here

And if you like what you hear, take a look at our Betting on Sports Conference, being held in London on 15-16 September.

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