"We can't stop" is the message as ESSA commences new match fixing projects

"We can't stop" is the message as ESSA commences new match fixing projects

Friday, September 29, 2017 Posted by Craig Davies
Funding secured from Erasmus+ programme for three new programmes

The European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme has granted ESSA, the international betting integrity body, funding to commence with three new anti-match fixing projects.

This means the association will be involved in four such projects simultaneously, Khalid Ali, secretary general for ESSA, told TotallyGaming.com:  “We can’t stop. Which is why are proactively finding new ways of communicating about how sports betting operators are combating this menace.

“The EU Athletes project is one that we started back in 2010. It took the form of an education campaign that highlighted to players the risks of being asked to fix any part of a game.

“The project was the first of it’s kind and over 14,000 athletes have been trained. The new project we have received funding for builds on this but adds a whistle-blower element to it.

“The T-PREG project focuses on building the tools necessary to combat match-fixing. It’s a project that will involve at least 5 EU countries.

“Finally the Polish Football League project will examine the threats of match-fixing to football across Europe and will suggest a number of recommendations to be implemented.

“As the criminals become more sophisticated, we have to be equally prepared.

“We have come a long way as an industry to tackle this issue and being part of these 3 projects along with an existing project, which we won last year, demonstrates how determined we are to keep on fighting”

These three new programmes add to ESSA’s existing Transparency International’s Anti Match-Fixing Top Training programme, which Erasmus+ granted funding for last year.  The project aims to deliver, tailored training for decision makers in sport and the media and is designed to increase understanding of sports corruption, and effective policy guidelines to the European Commission.

Totally Gaming says:  Preventing criminal activities is a necessity that can never really be overstated, and this funding is just the latest step for ESSA.  “These projects have the potential to make a significant positive impact in the fight against match-fixing,” added Mr Ali.

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