FA launches Sports Betting Integrity Forum

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FA Director of Football Governance & Regulation Darren Bailey

The English Football Association (The FA) held its first ever Sports Betting Integrity Forum on Monday 17 November, with FA Director of Football Governance & Regulation Darren Bailey acting as the forums chair.

The forum was held at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London. Among the key topics on the forums agenda where how all levels of British sports can further enhance and develop the existing comprehensive measures for preventing match-fixing and corruption.

In attendance of the forum were representatives from sports governing bodies, UK betting operators and sports and betting trade associations.  The FA stated that the forum had been backed by the UK Government and law enforcement agencies.

The FA’s Director of Football Governance and Regulation Darren Bailey, commented on the launch of the forum: “British sport and its partner organisations take the matter of integrity with the utmost seriousness”.

“The establishment of the Forum further demonstrates our long-term commitment to do all we can to protect the integrity of British sport, through working together, sharing best practice and learning from each other and other agencies. The establishment of the Forum further demonstrates our long-term commitment to do all we can to protect the integrity of British sport”

“The Forum will help build on the current achievements at an organisational and national level, including amongst other things, developing further on the intelligence; strengthening the preventative measures within sports and betting organisations to raise awareness of the threats; and coordinating policy at a national and international level”

The Sports Betting Integrity Forum: Current membership 

Sport governing bodies

  • British Horse Racing Authority
  • England and Wales Cricket Board
  • The Football Association
  • Greyhound Board of Great Britain
  • Rugby Football League
  • Rugby Football Union
  • Tennis Integrity Unit
  • World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association

Betting industry

  • Ladbrokes
  • William Hill
  • Coral
  • Betfair
  • Bet 365

Sport and betting trade associations 

  • Association British Bookmakers
  • The Remote Gambling Association
  • Professional Players Federation

Law enforcement 

  • Association of Chief Police Officers
  • Police Scotland
  • National Crime Agency

Regulation

  • Gambling Commission

 

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