ESSA and Concacaf sign betting integrity MoU

9 September 2014

ESSA, the regulated betting industry’s integrity body, has agreed to establish a betting integrity information sharing agreement with the Condederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf).

ESSA said that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding will build on its information sharing base with various football authorities around the world.

In addition, ESSA said that the agreement also demonstrates its commitment to tackling match-fixing in football on a global scale.

“This partnership agreement with Concacaf sends a clear and forceful message to match-fixers and further highlights the determination of ESSA’s regulated operators and responsible sporting bodies such as Concacaf to work together to address a common threat to both of our sectors,” the ESSA’s secretary general, Khalid Ali, said.

“This agreement formalises our respective organisations’ joint resolve to form a robust and proactive partnership to protect sporting events and regulated betting markets from criminal elements that seek to profit from manipulating sport.”

Dr. Laila Mintas, director of sports integrity at Concacaf, added: “Concacaf follows a multi-step approach in the fight against match-fixing in order to be able to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to potential cases with zero tolerance.

“Cooperation and coordination with all other stakeholders is integral to Concacaf’s strategy. The sports betting industry is an important partner in that fight. Building an efficient partnership with the betting industry’s integrity body is therefore very essential.”

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