UK authorities agree sports integrity plan

UK authorities agree sports integrity plan

Monday, September 21, 2015 Totally Gaming
Minister Tracey Crouch warned against complacency

A co-ordinated approach against corruption in sport has been announced by a group of UK authorities.

The Sports Betting Integrity Forum (SBIF) has announced the publication of the Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan, which outlines the UK’s approach to address risks to the integrity of sport and sports betting.

It sets out the expected focus of the Gambling Commission, law enforcement agencies, sports governing bodies, player associations, betting operators and government in delivering “effective actions to identify and control risks associated with match-fixing and sports betting integrity”. 

"The integrity of sport is absolutely paramount and we have to do all we can to protect it,” said Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Gambling.

“The Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan is about ensuring that Britain remains a safe place to bet on sport and to tackle any threat of corruption that emerges.

“We cannot be complacent. The Gambling Commission, sports bodies, law enforcement agencies and betting operators are all aligned on this with effective collaboration vital in the fight against match fixing.”

The plan builds upon the progress made since the publication of the Report of the Sports Betting Integrity Panel in January 2010 that provided the initial roadmap for action and is being delivered as part of the UK Anti-Corruption Plan, published in October 2014. Actions will be delivered and reviewed by the SBIF, with progress published annually. The law enforcement agencies involved in the group include The National Crime Agency (NCA), the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and Police Scotland (PS).

SBIF joint chairs Darren Bailey and Mike O’Kane said: “Maintaining confidence in the integrity of sport is key to its healthy future development. The action plan with its co-ordinated, proactive and collaborative approach across all relevant stakeholders will help meet the challenges of protecting sports from integrity threats, however large or small.” 

 

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