IBIA Signs Betting Integrity Agreement With MGA’s Sports Integrity Unit

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has signed a betting integrity information sharing agreement with the Sports Integrity Group, a new unit established this summer by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) as part of an effort to increase emphasis on countering sport competition fraud.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is the first agreement between the new unit of the MGA and a betting monitoring system that stresses both parties’ willingness to counter betting-related corruption.

Khalid Ali the CEO of IBIA said: “The creation of the Sports Integrity Unit and its focus on tackling match-fixing is a very welcome move, which is why I am delighted to have reached this agreement with the MGA that will allow us to work collaboratively on integrity.

“For its part, IBIA will utilise its unique global betting monitoring system, which includes many of the largest MGA licensed operators, to provide information on suspicious betting to the Unit with the aim of preventing sports betting related corruption.”

Antonio Zerafa, the MGA’s Sports Integrity Officer, added: “The MGA has made the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions a core part of its licensing and regulatory policy. Working in partnership with other stakeholders, notably betting operators, is critical to the success of that approach and the MoU with IBIA is therefore of particular importance.

“IBIA and its members bring a wealth of market and consumer data that will undoubtedly serve to significantly strengthen the information and intelligence gathering ability of the Unit.”

This comes in the same week that the IBIA thanked tennis authorities for authorising the continued selling of official live scoring data to International Tennis Federation (ITF) betting operators matches at the price of $25k. The group played a key role in revising initial recommendations presented by the Independent Review Panel (IRP) of the sport, which recommended discontinuing data for competitions between $15k and $25k.