MGA Creates Sports Integrity Unit
by Glenn Baird - August 29, 2019
The MGA (Malta Gaming Authority) announced today that they would be creating a new department titled the Sports Integrity Unit. In a statement released today the MGA said that doing so is “part of an initiative to increase focus and resources towards the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions.”
The Unit will focus its efforts on obtaining data that relates to betting that could be deemed dubious in its nature. The department will work with regulators and law enforcement both at home and abroad. The SIU will also work closely with betting monitoring systems, sporting organisations and operators to scrutinise any betting behaviours that may be deemed suspicious.
The MGA have also made it clear that the SIU will not work independently within its own organisation, Emphasising the importance in this new department liaising with existing bodies within the MGA.
Senior Executive, Antonio Zerafa, who has worked at the MGA for four years in the Criminal Probity Screening Department will lead newly established department under the title of “Sports Integrity Officer”.
Heathcliff Farrugia, the MGA’s CEO said: “Having a dedicated Sports Integrity Unit is vital for the MGA’s statutory objective to ensure that gambling is free from crime, specifically the manipulation of sports competitions. The MGA is committing to cooperation with stakeholders to the extent permitted by law to act against a pervasive phenomenon that threatens the integrity of both the sports and the betting industries.”
The MGA have released the following email address as point of contact for anyone looking to report any suspicious betting patterns or behaviour: [email protected]