MGA And Swedish Football Association Join Data Sharing Agreement

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) will work with the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) to address match-fixing and uphold levels of integrity by joining a data sharing agreement.

The SvFF has agreed to exchange syndicated match data with the MGA as the governing body aims to improve its integrity monitoring capabilities in the light of dramatic changes in the industry following the Swedish online gambling market’s re-regulation.

A statement from the MGA has said: “The objective of the SvFF is to make sure that football in Sweden always adheres to laws and regulations that govern all sporting events and entities within their remit.”

As part of the data agreement, the MGA will continue its central mission to improve foreign collaborations with stakeholders combating sport corruption.

The MGA has secured data exchange and cooperation with the Malta Football Association, the Tennis Integrity Unit, the International Cricket Council and the International Olympic Committee over the past year.

Antonio Zerafa, the MGA’s Sports Integrity Manager added: “The Data-Sharing Agreement between the MGA and the SvFF allows for the relationship between the two entities to not be limited to discussions of best practices only, but to also allow for the transfer of data in relation to investigations of manipulation in sports competitions.

“Undoubtedly, this further strengthens the MGA’s commitment to assisting Sports Governing Bodies in their fight against match-fixing.”