Monday 2. May, 2016

Sporting Index Joins ESSA Integrity Body

Spread betting operator, Sporting Index, is the newest member of the ESSA group, the integrity body of the regulated betting industry. Sporting Index is the nineteenth operator to join the group with data from its business set available to broaden the range of ESSA alerts and reporting systems.

The deal will also allow for monitoring of sports spread betting as well as its current available coverage of fixed odds and pool betting markets.

“I am delighted that Sporting Index has decided to join ESSA and which brings a major sports spread betting operator within the association,” announced Khalid Ali, secretary general of ESSA.

“The inclusion of sports spread betting data will add a new facet to our integrity operation, widening the scope of the ESSA alert and reporting systems which will have important benefits for our members and all of our partners in sport.”

ESSA was founded to deter match fixing within the sports betting markets and has been involved in a number of initiatives to address this issue. Most notably, this includes a player education program with EU Athletes, as well as an International program called ‘Keep Crime Out of Sport’ that is funded by the European Commission and led by the Council of Europe.

“Sport is at the core of our business and maintaining its integrity is paramount,” commented Simon Trim, chief executive at Sporting Index. “Sporting Index wants to play its part in tackling match-fixing and joining ESSA is central to achieving that goal.”

ESSA has been successful in its focus on match-fixing. In its integrity report for Q1, ESSA has revealed that it reported eleven suspicious betting patterns that it reported to the relevant sporting and regulatory bodies. Nine of these alerts concerned tennis, with one concerning basketball and one concerning football.


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