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What powers do the Gambling Commission have?

The Gambling Act 2005

The Commission can investigate and bring prosecutions regarding criminal offences under Section 42 of the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in a new tab). If convicted, a person could face up to two years in jail plus a fine.

Section 30 and Schedule 6 (Part 3) of the Gambling Act supports the exchange of information between the Commission and sport governing bodies, which further protects the integrity of sport and sports betting.

The Commission can also securely exchange information with the police, which is important as match-fixing can also involve criminal offences such as bribery and fraud, which the Commission does not have statutory powers to investigate.


LCCP condition 15.1.2 includes conditions that urge betting operators to report suspicious betting activity to both the Commission and to sport governing bodies.

Misuse of Inside Information Policy

The Commission’s Misuse of Inside Information Policy PDF explains our approach to dealing with potential incidents of misuse of inside information in betting. It also outlines the role that sport governing bodies and betting operators can play in relation to protecting sport and betting from the misuse of inside information.


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