The first ever Sports Betting Integrity Forum has been launched to throttle threats to sports integrity
In order to take a firm stance against match-mixing and corruption in sports in Britain a Sports Betting
Integrity Forum has been introduced. England’s Football Association which governs the sport is the
pioneer in the endeavor.
The move comes as part of the United Kingdom’s Action Plan to deal head on with the increasing
problem of corruption and match-fixing in Britain. The aim being to protect the integrity of British sport,
through team work, sharing best practices and “learning from each other and other agencies”, Darren
Bailey, FA Director affirmed.
On the agenda are talks on how to further enhance and develop existing laws. Far-reaching preventative
measures implicating sports and gambling bodies will also be addressed.
Bailey who is also the co-chairman of the forum emphasized the necessity to highlight the risks of match
fixing and raise awareness of the threats. Then it would be necessary to depict ongoing achievements
and co-ordinate policies at the organizational, national level and international level and “develop further
The forum has been having a wide turn out. Delegates from regulators of British gambling laws and
the police, to sports ruling bodies, betting operators, sport and betting trade associations will be in
UK sports reps from as football, cricket, rugby league and rugby union are all expected to show up. The
Professional Players Federation, Association British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association
have all registered to participate.
Other attendees of the Sports Betting integrity imitative include many gambling operators from land-
based and online sportsbooks in the UK such as Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. Also taking part is the
Gambling Commission UK regulatory body.
The venture, supported by British government, hopes the forum will help to maintain Britain’s notoriety
of being a safe haven for playing sports and betting on all kinds of sports.