National Strategic Assessment 2020
What are the issues - Integrity
Risks in respect of betting integrity remain a key area of focus. The risk to Britain has international dimensions because of the global nature of sport, betting and communications.
Event manipulation can involve serious organised crime networks operating at national and international level using sophisticated technologies and organisational structures.
Event manipulation is also on occasions local in nature and opportunistic. There is a need to identify and manage both. Whilst these instances may involve relatively small sums of money such actions still have the potential to undermine the reputation of the sport, sports betting and the wider reputation of athletes.
To mitigate these risks, it is essential that the multi-agency approach developed by government continues to address a framework of actions to:
- a. Prevent sporting events and licensed sporting betting markets from being corrupted.
- b. Deterring the manipulation of sports events to gain an unfair advantage on betting markets.
These actions are built upon information sharing and collaborations between sports, licensed betting operators and agencies in Britain and with overseas jurisdictions and international bodies.
During 2019/20 our Sports Betting Intelligence Unit which supports the multi-agency approach, received 635 reports which included issues such as suspicious betting activity, sports rules breaches, misuse of inside information, Gambling Act offences and other related criminality.
Football and tennis continue to be the source for most of these calls and reports.
We will continue to support the Sport and Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan.
What are the issues - Tackling suspicious gambling activity
Last updated: 2 June 2021
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