FIFA’s Early Warning System signs integrity agreement with Unibet

FIFA’s Early Warning System signs integrity agreement with Unibet

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Posted by Totally Gaming

Early Warning System GmbH (EWS), a subsidiary operated by football’s global governing body FIFA, has signed a cooperation agreement with Unibet Group to improve its efforts to safeguard the integrity of the sport.

Jacek Wojdyla, Head of International Affairs at Early Warning System GmbH, told “The cooperation with bookmakers is a crucial cornerstone in our monitoring approach supporting the detection and investigation of match manipulation.

“By signing the agreement with Unibet, we extend the coverage of betting activities and the possibility to share information on irregular betting indicative of match manipulation. The integrity agreement with Unibet will improve EWS’ efforts to protect the integrity of football.

“Within the cooperation framework, we have set up a secured communication process between Unibet and our analysts to share information on irregular or suspicious betting activities detected by Unibet. The cooperation provides an efficient platform to exchange insights, expertise and analyses into suspicious bets which may be relevant to build a strong case for a disciplinary proceeding.”

Speaking at the EiG Expo in Berlin, Head of EWS Dr Julie Norris, said that cooperation deals like this can help can help EWS to speed up the process of detecting, investigating and sanctioning offenders.

Wojdyla expanded on this by saying: “Operating on behalf of a football governing body, we are not primarily interested in client data per se (as far it is not concerning a football player) but rather in any information that may help to detect irregular betting indicative of match manipulation.

“This can relate to market rumours, unusual odds movements, and certainly may also cover unexpected client betting patterns and client betting history. All information needs then to be further analysed and brought into a reasonable context.”

Totally Gaming says: Early Warning System GmbH (EWS) has been supporting FIFA in preventing, detecting and investigating match manipulation since 2006. EWS, and their ongoing work with the bookmakers, forms an integral component of FIFA’s Integrity Initiative with the aim to support FIFA in the protection of the integrity of football.

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