UK & France join ESSA’s anti sports corruption pact

The European Sports Security Association (ESSA) has welcomed a joint effort between France and the UK for agreeing to the Joint Declaration of Intention to tackle sports corruption and match fixing.

UK and France on the map

The UK will share the lessons learned in the 2012 Olympics with France, who host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. © Wikipedia.

Officials from both France and the United Kingdom have agreed to share their expertise to help tackle match fixing in sports via illegal and irregular sports betting.

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and his French counterpart, Sports Minister Laura Flessel, signed the agreement earlier this month.

The move was welcomed by the ESSA, who has always placed great emphasis on cooperation in tackling corruption in sports betting. This new deal will strengthen the information sharing mechanisms in place between the countries, along with allowing best practice models to be exchanged.

The ESSA’s policies on match fixing are held under the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC. It is at the centre of a number of initiatives that address corruption in sport and sports betting, with four anti-match fixing projects currently ongoing.

Reacting to the news, Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the ESSA, said:

ESSA has consistently promoted increased international cooperation as a vital component in the eradication of match-fixing. The association therefore welcomes this important initiative which builds upon the work of the Council of Europe established Group of Copenhagen Network of National Platforms, seeking to develop and establish common tools in the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions, which both the UK and France are members of. ESSA encourages other nations to follow the example of the UK and France and place international cooperation and information sharing at the forefront of their betting integrity policies Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the ESSA

Rugby Football Union also joins forces with ESSA

In further news, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has also joined forces with the ESSA to protect the sport from manipulation of its betting markets. The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will allow the ESSA to utilise its monitoring and alert systems to locate and track any suspicious betting activities on any bets made upon events in the sport governed by the RFU.

While there have been no recorded instances of corruption in English rugby as yet, the integrity deal will ensure that the sport remains vigilant and that corruption is not allowed to invade the sport in the future.

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