Tag Archives: Khalid Ali

Olympic Winter Games safeguarding at heart of new deal

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The International Olympic Committee ( IOC) and international betting integrity body ESSA are to join forces, with the integrity of this years Olympic Winter Games, held in Pyeongchang, central to the agreement. Under the terms of the deal, the main aim is to detect and prevent any risk of manipulation, at the this years competition. Friedrich Martens, Head of the …

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ESSA publishes 2017 suspicious betting figures

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ESSA has announced figures detailing a total of 266 cases of suspicious betting being reported to relevant authorities in 2017, following a Q4 tally 114 alerts. The international betting integrity body has published its annual integrity report for 2017, in which it lauds the year as its “most challenging and yet productive to date.” Tennis and football continue to constitute …

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ESSA links up with RFU for English rugby protection

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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with international sports betting integrity body ESSA. Through this new link up, English rugby is set to be protected from potential match manipulation and sports betting breaches. Under the terms of the agreement the RFU, a member of the UK Sports Betting Integrity Forum …

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ESSA and Victoria Police in world first integrity link up

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A new world’s first agreement between ESSA and Victoria Police is to target suspicious betting activity and deter betting related match fixing. Law enforcement is to be provided with information from across the world, with the deal set to be in place for 2018 sporting events, including the Australian Open tennis which got underway today (Monday 15 January). ESSA, the …

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ESSA gains EU funding for three new ‘match-fixing combat’ projects

International betting integrity body ESSA is to engage in three new anti-match-fixing projects that have been granted funding from the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. The funding will see the association involved in a total of four anti-match-fixing projects simultaneously and is part of ESSA’s on-going policy to participate in and promote integrity efforts on behalf of its members, which include …

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ESSA reports 53 suspicious betting alerts during Q2 2017

International betting integrity body ESSA reported 53 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the second quarter (Q2) of 2017; this was made up of 31 suspicious betting cases in tennis, followed by football with 15 cases, basketball five and one case each for handball and volleyball. ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali commented on the update: “Betting integrity …

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Board restructure sees GVC’s Heike Mayer succeed Mike O’Kane as ESSA Chair

Updating the market, International betting integrity body ESSA has elected a new Chairperson and expanded its board. FTSE listed GVC Holdings Heike Mayer succeeds outgoing ESSA Chair, Mike O’Kane, who has held the position since 2012. The ESSA board has also expanded to reflect its growing membership, with Betway’s Jon Russell and David Foster of Paddy Power Betfair strengthening the …

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#bofcon2017 – Joey Barton case puts the spotlight on betting integrity

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The Commercial Director at AFC Wimbledon said that it is “naïve” to think that players aren’t still placing bets via surrogate accounts, despite the FA’s efforts to implement a blanket betting ban. Speaking at Betting on Football 2017, Ivor Heller also promoted a return to the old system, whereby players can bet, but not in league or cup competitions in …

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German Bundestag strengthens sports integrity laws against match fixing

The German Bundestag (lower house of parliament) has strengthened the nation’s code on match-fixing and sports corruption by introducing new laws that make it a ‘crime to conspire to fix sporting events’. Passing its new regulations which set tougher sentences for individuals found guilty of attempting to unlawfully influence an event, Bundestag laws may hand out sentences of up to …

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Integrity Matters…BetStars joins ESSA membership body

International betting integrity body ESSA has been boosted by the addition of Amaya Inc online betting subsidiary BetStars to its increasing roster of members. The inclusion of BetStars, takes ESSA’s current membership to 25 regulated betting operators covering many of the leading international brands. Joining the programme, BetStars will work ESSA partners to help combat match-fixing cases and sports integrity …

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