ESSA confirms 41 suspicious betting cases in Q2

20 July 2016

ESSA has revealed a total of 41 cases of suspicious betting activity were reported during the second quarter of this year.

Tennis again headed the list with 34 reports, accounting for 83% of all cases in the three-month period, with football behind on four and one each in snooker, handball and beach volleyball.

Europe led the geographical location of suspicious betting activity with 24 of the reports, with Asia and Africa having five each, three each for North America and South America, and one with no specific country of origin.

ESSA reported all of the incidents to the relevant gambling regulatory and sports governing authorities.

The latest report also includes an article by the Tennis Integrity Unit, which covers some of the improvements the sport is seeking to make and the review of its integrity approach currently underway.

ESSA chairman Mike O’Kane said: “It is quite right that the tennis authorities seek to conduct a thorough investigation of its integrity procedures.

“We must, quite reasonably, give the sport some breathing space to identify and implement any necessary changes, but changes are clearly needed and the sooner the better for us all.

“In the meantime, ESSA will continue to support the sport in this important endeavour, which will hopefully soon result in the delivery of a best practice model that others will follow.”

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