As part of a new data sharing agreement, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has joined the Slovak Football Association, which will allow all parties to promote the sharing of information in accordance with the requirements of the law.
The governing body of football in Slovakia, one of the country’s main organisations, has made a commitment to safeguarding the sport from match-fixing attacks.
The Sports Integrity Chief of the MGA, Antonio Zerafa, explained: “The agreement with the Slovak Football Association joins a continuously growing list of data-sharing agreements with international partners from the sporting world.”
“We are proud that through such agreements we are placing ourselves as an important contributor to match-fixing investigations across the globe, and we hope that we can now provide the same level of assistance to the Slovak FA also.”
The MGA signed agreements with World Snooker and the Swedish Football Federation (SvFF) earlier this year, building on its current sports portfolio, which also includes the Malta Soccer Association, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), the International Cricket Council and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Jakub Čavoj, Integrity Officer of the Slovak Football Association added: “I hope that this agreement will be very useful for both sides and help us achieve a common goal – protecting the integrity of sport competitions.
“For the Slovak FA and police investigations this exchange of information could be important in collecting evidence because many betting companies popular in Slovakia have a Malta gambling license. Sharing best practice and exchange of information is key in the fight against match-fixing.”