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ESSA reports 62 suspicious betting alerts in Q2 2018

International betting integrity body ESSA has reported 62 cases of suspicious betting activity during the second quarter of 2018, involving eight different sports.

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ESSA said that tennis was the most reported sport with 44 cases, with football receiving 12 suspicious wager cases during the period.

Basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, bowls, eSport’s and handball all received one case each.

Khalid Ali, ESSA Secretary General, commented: “We have played a crucial role in bringing transparency to betting related match-fixing, which is why we have taken a keen interest in the recent publication of the Interim Report into tennis by the Independent Review Panel.

“We support many of the recommendations made by the Panel, and we wish to work with the sport to address betting related issues. However, we have serious concerns about a blanket discontinuation of the sale of data for events at the lowest level of tennis, and whether that approach is proportionate to the issue and will provide a practical and effective solution.”

“We are seeking to deliver a number of alternative evidence-based options that we hope the Panel, and the various governing bodies within the sport, will be willing to explore in more detail, and to reaching a position that is mutually beneficial, places integrity to the fore and also serves to avoid any adverse commercial impacts”.

As legal sports betting market opens up across the US, the American Gaming Association (AGA) hopes to use the ESSA to help monitor any unusual betting activity in the US.  

Sara Slane, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at the AGA said: "The gaming industry hopes to build off of the integrity monitoring successes enjoyed in Nevada, as well as in regulated markets throughout Europe. To that end, the AGA supports the establishment of a collaborative integrity monitoring association in the US.”

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