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Consultation Paper on Suspicious Betting Reporting Requirements & Other Sports Integrity Matters

CLOSED CONSULTATION - CONSULTATION CONCLUDED  

 
From: Ministry for Finance and Financial Services
(Malta Gaming Authority)
​Published on: ​2 June 2020
Running till: ​15 July 2020
​Last Updated: ​7 September 2020
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Consultation Outcome: Final Re​port

ORIGINAL CONSULTATION

1.        Background
 

On 29 August 2019, the MGA announced the creation of a new Sports Integrity Unit as part of an initiative to increase focus and resources towards the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions. The SIU’s role consists of the gathering of intelligence and information relating to suspicious betting and will serve as a liaison with local and foreign regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies, betting monitoring systems, sporting bodies and gaming operators in order to support the investigation of irregular and suspicious betting activity.

Furthermore, the Unit will also be liaising with other Directorates within the MGA to implement various policy initiatives, such as bringing into force the provisions at law relating to the reporting of suspicious betting activity by gaming operators to the MGA, signing agreements and deepening collaboration with entities having similar objectives and otherwise establishing a culture of cooperation amongst industry stakeholders to tackle the worldwide problem of corruption in sports.

It is now the MGA’s objective to bring into force the Suspicious Betting Reporting Requirements, as noted in section 43 of the Gaming Authorisations and Compliance Directive (Directive 3 of 2018). Section 43 states:​


43. (1) B2C licensees which offer betting on sporting events shall also inform the Authority, in such circumstances and in such manner as the Authority may in any other instrument prescribe, of any instance of suspicious betting.

43. (2) B2C licensees which offer betting on sporting events shall also inform the Authority of any circumstances which may lead to one or more bets being voided owing to suspicion of manipulation of the event to which they relate, and shall provide any supporting documentation which the Authority may, on a case-by-case basis, reasonably require.

43. (3) This article shall not come into force on 1st August 2018, but on such date as the Authority may, by binding instrument, establish.


The MGA is continuously analysing best practices in the field of sports betting integrity. Conscious of the need to remain at the forefront in the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions, the Authority intends to bring into force section 43 of the Gaming Authorisations and Compliance Directive (Directive 3 of 2018), together with other measures as expounded in this consultation.

The consultation objective is to gather feedback on the proposed bringing into force of the Suspicious Betting Reporting Requirements together with other measures which the Authority intends to implement in support of its commitment to safeguard the integrity of sports and sports betting. In this regard, the Authority is also interested in gathering feedback from B2B licensees and how their data can help in detecting potential manipulation in sports competitions.

See also: https://www.mga.org.mt/the-mga-publishes-a-consultation-paper-on-the-suspicious-betting-reporting-requirements-other-sports-integrity-measures/?fbclid=IwAR15L2MrA6VsB5U4nNAsEd8yRKZqIPDCRBWnqI9bLE-lPfa9S-lbYH7rCmM


2.        Documents
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