DGOJ of Spain has announced the creation of a new partnership with the Spanish Association of Professional Footballers (AFE), strengthening its network of stakeholders to combat match-fixing and uphold the values of sports integrity.
The regulatory agency of Spanish gambling will work with the AFE to develop a new ‘athlete first’ collaborative framework to address the risks of match-fixing and illegal betting across Spanish football leagues.
The partnership will move to establish common protocols between the two organisations focused on preventing crime by educating players, clubs and other officials about the risks of illegal football betting.
In a statement the DGOJ detailed: “Both organisations agree that the manipulation of sports competition and betting fraud undermines the interests of participants and operators in the sector, and constitutes one of the greatest threats to professional football.”
The AFE, meanwhile, highlighted its concerns that syndicated players needed to be better informed about the career-threatening effects of engaging in manipulations of match-fixing and betting.
The DGOJ noted that new informative materials and awareness campaigns for AFE athletes have begun to be prepared and made available through the digital platforms of the organisation as well as within the changing rooms themselves.
The AFE partnership forms part of the ongoing regulatory strategy of the DGOJ to expand its support network with key social stakeholders in order to strengthen its oversight of key risks related to gambling, from market integrity to operator behaviour, harm reduction and gambling harm treatment and prevention.