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What does the SBIU do?

The SBIU collect information and develop intelligence about potentially corrupt betting activity involving sport. We receive information from a number of sources including reports from the betting industry about suspicious activity on betting markets, concerns from sport governing bodies or tip-offs from members of the public.

The SBIU is part of the Sports Betting Integrity Forum (SBIF) (opens in a new tab) – a national working group that aims to tackle the risk of match-fixing in the UK and protect the integrity of sports betting.

Given the global nature of match-fixing and sports betting, the SBIU also works closely with international partners such as Europol, Interpol, FIFA, UEFA and the IOC. The SBIU is the ‘intelligence hub’ for the UK’s National Platform and is part of the Council of Europe’s Network of National Platforms (opens in a new tab).

Our focus is on potential 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
  • it involves betting activity that has taken place with a Gambling Commission licensed business

Where appropriate we will share specific information with other partners, (for example, bookmakers, sport governing bodies, overseas regulators, law enforcement agencies, etc) both nationally and internationally. In some cases, this information is used by these bodies in their investigations, for example a sport governing body investigating a breach of their sports rules or codes.

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