MGA secures data sharing partnership with Malta FA

6 December 2019

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has entered into a data sharing partnership with the Malta Football Association, the sport’s governing body in the country.

The agreement, effective from 5 December, will allow both parties to share data and exchange information related to both the prevention and investigation of match-fixing and corruption.

The MGA said that the arrangement will ensure that areas of mutual regulatory interest will be thoroughly and promptly investigated, with both parties having access to all necessary data to carry out their regulatory obligations.

“The Malta FA was the catalyst behind the Anti-Corruption Task Force in 2015 which eventually led to the introduction of the Prevention of Corruption in Sport Bill and the formation of a national Sports Integrity Unit,” Malta FA president Bjorn Vassallo said.

“This data sharing agreement represents another important step to further strengthen the Malta FA’s efforts to tackle match-fixing within its regulatory limits at sporting level. It enables the MGA and the Malta FA to share not only crucial data but also expertise.”

MGA chief executive Heathcliff Farrugia added: “This data sharing agreement follows a number of Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) signed by the MGA with other regulatory bodies throughout 2019, and also ties in perfectly with MGA’s recent establishment of a dedicated Sports Integrity Unit.

“The Authority is committed to ensure that this agreement is not limited to data sharing, but also sharing of ideas and best practices for the benefit of both entities.”

Earlier this year, the MGA signed an MoU with Malta’s police force to collaborate on tackling illegal activities in gambling, while the regulator also agreed an MoU with Sweden’s Spelinspektionen.

In addition, the MGA announced its backing for the All-In Diversity Project, now serving as a strategic partner to the industry-driven group, which aims to improve diversity and inclusion in the gaming industry.