Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU)
Why do we need the SBIU?
The SBIU is a unit within the Gambling Commission which deals
with reports of betting-related corruption.
It was set up as part of the recommendations in the 2010 Report of
the Sports Betting Integrity Panel (commonly known as The Parry
The past few years has seen a global increase in reports of betting
integrity issues, particularly in sport, which have been well
documented in the media. While evidence of corrupt betting
integrity in the UK has so far been limited to what appear to be
isolated incidents, we cannot afford to be complacent.
Consumers must have confidence and belief that when they place bets
with UK licensed operators they are doing so on markets that are
fair and free from betting related corruption. Central to this is
collaborative working across the industry to understand the
potential threats and help protect the integrity of sport and
betting. The SBIU contributes to this collaboration.
What does the SBIU do?
The SBIU collects information and develops intelligence about
potentially corrupt betting activity involving sport.
Members of the SBIU receive information from a number sources which
includes (but is not limited to) alerts from operators about
suspicious activity on betting markets, concerns from sports
governing bodies or tip offs through our confidential intelligence
The SBIU focus is on potentially criminal activity that has at
least one of the following elements:
- it relates to an event in Great Britain
- it involves parties (athletes, officials, participants
etc) based within Great Britain
- betting has occurred with a Gambling Commission licensed
The intelligence that the SBIU gathers informs the Commission
decision making process. The SBIU will share, where appropriate,
specific intelligence or information with other partners (for
example, betting operators, sports governing bodies, overseas
regulators etc) both nationally and internationally.
In some cases this information may then be used by these bodies in
their investigations - for example a sports governing body
investigating a breach of their sports rules or code. Our intention
is that the SBIU will help bring together the intelligence efforts
of partners and play its part in protecting sport from
Occasionally offences of cheat (as
defined under the Gambling Act 2005) will be investigated
by the Commission’s Enforcement team.
Find out more about the way we work in our
Sports Betting Intelligence Unit terms of reference - June 2010
(PDF, 52KB, 2 pages),
What powers does the Gambling Commission have?
The Gambling Commission, and therefore the SBIU, is empowered to
undertake investigations and bring prosecutions regarding criminal
offences under Section 42 of the Gambling Act. If convicted, a
person could face up to two years in jail plus a fine.
How can I report suspicious activity?
Suspicious activity can be reported direct to the SBIU at
or on 0121 230 6666.
Alternatively, you can call our confidential intelligence line on
0121 230 6655.
Useful Gambling Commission website links
Useful external website links
Match fixing in the Nordic countries (PDF, 385KB, 30
Report of the Sports Betting Integrity Panel (The Parry Report),
2010 (PDF, 272KB, 46 pages)
Sports Betting and Corruption; How to Preserve the Integrity of
Sport, 2011 (PDF, 1.3MB, 94 pages)
Corruption in the UK Report from Transparency International UK,
Prevalence of Corruption in International Sport, 2011(PDF, 1.3MB 41
FIFPro Black Book: Problems professional footballers
Betting Group Code of Practice, 2012
Integrity in Sport; Understanding and Preventing Match-fixing,
Sport Accord (PDF, 1.5MB, 54 pages)
Interpol - Match fixing in football training needs assesment
Page last reviewed: July