British Authorities Update Betting Integrity Action Plan

By | July 6, 2021

According to the recent news about betting, the UK National Betting Platform updated the 2021 Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan yesterday.

First released on the Sports Betting Integrity Forum (SBIF) in 2015, the Betting Integrity Action Plan aims to maintain British betting integrity and prevent corruption and match-fixing during sports events. The SBIF reviews the plan annually, keeping up to date with the new challenges in the industry.

The plan defines key goals and actions to be taken for all the SBIF stakeholders, including the UK government, the British Gambling Commission (UKGC), sport governing bodies (SGB), betting operators, and law enforcement bodies.

The SBIF names key steps to maintain betting integrity in 2021

The 2021 plan focuses on tackling the betting risks, brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and Britain’s exit from the European Union. The document also focuses on the ratification of the Convention on the Manipulation on Sport (Macolin Convention), signed by the British authorities in 2018. SBIF acts as the UK’s National Platform alongside UKGC’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU).

Thus, the top-3 priority actions to be taken in 2021, outlined by the SBIF, include:

Overseeing the influence of Brexit on the betting integrity, while ensuring the modification of the local policies when possible. 
Reviewing the contents of the Macolin Convention and maintaining the SBIF’s compatibility with it.  
Revising the actions, that were delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.

UKGC betting integrity support during the EURO 2020

The British Gambling Commission states that its betting intelligence body, the SBIU, provides the betting integrity reports for the UEFA during the EURO 2020.

The SBIU collaborates with the numerous betting operators (34% of all data), sport governing bodies (20%), data provides (15%), and other national platforms (10%). 

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