The Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) and the Directorate-General for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ) have signed an agreement to fight against match-fixing.
The AFE and the DGOJ signed the Collaboration Agreement for the AFE’s membership in the Global Betting Market Research Service.
This allows the Association to send information and alerts on irregular or suspicious sports bets placed as part of a sporting event that may be fraudulent in nature.
Meanwhile, Spanish football is just one of many sports to ramp up the fight against fraud in the gambling sector, recently LIV Golf has announced it will be using U.S Integrity’s ProhiBet service to stamp out illegal betting activity.
Football in general remains the sport most at risk of integrity threats, according to the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). The sport consistently generates the highest number of alerts in the IBIA’s quarterly reports, with tennis consistently second place
Last year, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) increased efforts to fight back against fraud in the gambling sector by joining betting research service SIGMA, which allowed the RFEF and SIGMA to tap into data to trace suspicious betting patterns and corruption of sports in Spain.
Following on from the steps taken last year, the DGOJ has said that ‘this new agreement hopes to continue the fight against a serious threat to the value of fair play in sports.’