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ITIA hands provisional suspension to French tennis player Broville

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has provisionally suspended French tennis player Maxence Broville for breaching its anti-corruption rules.

Broville has not been able to compete in or attend any sanctioned tennis events since 20 June this year. However, the ITIA has only now confirmed the suspension, pending the full consideration of Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) charges.

The ITIA says the suspension is in relation to Sections F.3.b.i.1 and F.3.b.i.4 of the TACP. Section F.3.b.i.1 references how a covered person has failed to “comply with a demand”.

Section F.3.b.i.4 sets out the breach in more detail, stating there is a likelihood the player is guilty of a “major offence”.

“In the absence of a provisional suspension, the integrity of tennis would be undermined and the harm resulting from the absence of a provisional suspension outweighs the hardship of the provisional suspension on the covered person,” the section says.

Broville appealed against the im..

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FA hands suspended ban to Forest’s Toffolo over betting breaches

The English Football Association (FA) has issued a suspended five-month ban to Nottingham Forest defender Harry Toffolo after he admitted to 375 breaches of its betting rules.

The ban is suspended to the end of the 2024-25 season. Toffolo is also being fined £20,956 (€24,374/$26,202) over the case.

Toffolo was charged in July for allegedly placing bets on football matches between 22 January 2014 and 18 March 2017.

FA Rule E8 says players, match officials or coaches must not bet, either directly or indirectly, on any matters related to football anywhere in the world. Toffolo had been given until 19 July to respond to the charges.

The 28-year-old represented Premier League club Forest in 2022. He was playing for several clubs on loan during the period highlighted by the FA.

Loaned out by Norwich City, he played for Swindon Town, Rotherham United, Peterborough United and Scunthorpe United. All these clubs play in the lower leagues, outside the top-tier Premier League.

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IBIA pens betting integrity deal with Buenos Aires regulator

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has entered into a partnership with the Lotería de la Ciudad, the public entity that regulates sports betting in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.

Under the memorandum of understanding, IBIA will support Lotería de la Ciudad with sports betting integrity in its regulated market.

The two parties will exchange technical knowledge and information related to the integrity of sports and betting. This will be used to improve fraud control and prevention in the city’s market.

Buenos Aires opened its legal internet sports betting market in December 2021. The city also launched legal online gambling at the same time.

“IBIA is delighted to have reached an agreement with the Lotería de la Ciudad to work collaboratively to protect sports, consumers and the regulated betting market from match-fixing,” IBIA CEO Khalid Ali said.

“The association and its members will analyse the betting on their global markets. We will also work closely ..

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Sportradar scores betting data deal with US Soccer

Sportradar has entered into a global partnership with US Soccer, the national governing body for the sport, covering exclusive rights to betting data and content distribution.

Under the deal, Sportradar becomes US Soccer’s official betting data partner. Sportradar will have exclusive rights to collect, licence and distribute the federation’s official betting and media data.

The agreement enables Sportradar to provide the data to its global network of more than 900 regulated betting operators.

Sportradar also takes exclusive distribution rights for the live AV streaming of US Soccer competitions for betting purposes. This will only be available outside of the US.

The deal covers more than 111 matches per year across US men’s and women’s national team competitions.

Sportradar and US Soccer will also collaborate on the development of bespoke data-driven solutions. This is with the aim of deepening existing fan relationships, attracting and engaging new supporters and increasing oppo..

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Australia launches national self-exclusion register BetStop

The Australian government has today (21 August) announced the launch of the country’s new national self-exclusion register, BetStop.

Players can self-exclude from gambling for a minimum of three months and for as long as their lifetime. BetStop covers all licensed interactive wagering service providers in Australia, including online and telephone-based operators.

Operators must block self-excluded players from opening account and cannot accept any bets from these customers. Licensees must also ensure they do not send any marketing materials to those on the register.

In addition, operators are required to promote BetStop including on their websites and apps, as well as in marketing material sent to customers.

BetStop completes National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering

The launch of BetStop has been a long time coming, with plans to launch a register announced in June 2022. Today’s launch is in line with a timetable set out by the government last month.

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ITIA bans French tennis player for life over match-fixing

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has handed a lifetime ban to French tennis player Alexis Musialek after he was found guilty of match-fixing offences.

Musialek, who reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of 255 in 2015, had initially denied all charges. However, an investigation uncovered his involvement in fixing nine tennis matches between 2016 and 2018.

Among the offences were contriving the outcome of matches and receiving money, benefit or consideration to carry this out. The 35-year-old also facilitated other players not to use their best efforts and failed to co-operate with an ITIA investigation by withholding evidence.

In total, Musialek was ruled to have breached the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) on 39 occasions.

The ruling means Musialek is prohibited from playing in, coaching at, or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis. Musialek has also been fined $50,000 (£39,293/€46,008).

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Starlizard flags 79 suspicious football matches in H1

Starlizard Integrity Services (SIS), the specialist integrity arm of sports betting consultancy Starlizard, identified 79 suspicious football matches worldwide during the first half of 2023.

The matches flagged represent 0.48% of the total 16,336 games analysed by SIS in the six months to 30 June. The figure was slightly lower than the 84 matches identified in the first half of 2022.

Matches are categorised as suspicious when they are found to have suspect betting patterns associated with them. This, SIS said, may be a sign of match-fixing.

Of the games reported, 40 took place within the Uefa confederation region, which covers all of Europe. A further 11 were flagged in Conmebol’s South American region.

Some 24 different countries had at least one alert in a domestic men’s competition. SIS also noted that leagues below the top division accounted for 61% of all alerts raised in H1.

A total of 11 games were “international” matches, which are classed as not falling within a specific ..

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ITIA suspends three tennis players for match fixing

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has handed provisional suspensions to Timur Khabibulin, Sanjar Fayziev and Igor Smilansky for match fixing.

Each suspension came into effect on 25 July and will remain in place until the ITIA decides sanctions. Each case relates to breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP).

Kazakhstan’s Khabibulin, who reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of 753 in 2016, was found to have breached the TACP 18 times between 2014 and 2018.

In the case of Fayziev, he committed five breaches of the TACP following an approach from Khabibulin. The Uzbeki national had a career-high ATP ranking of 253 in 2017.

Finally, Smilansky of Israel breached the TACP three times after also being approached by Khabibulin. He had a career-high ATP ranking of 451 in 2018.

Tennis match fixing – corrupt approaches

The players were collectively found to have contrived aspects of matches, related to tennis match fixing. They were also ruled to have facili..

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IBIA expands Brazilian network with KTO

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has named KTO, the sports betting brand owned by the KTO Group, as its latest member.

Founded in 2018, KTO currently operates in both Brazil and Peru, with plans to also launch in Chile.

As part of new regulatory measures in Brazil, KTO is required to join an international body for monitoring sports integrity. Its membership of IBIA satisfies this demand and puts the brand in line with new Brazilian betting laws.

KTO joins nearly 50 businesses and over 125 sports betting brands in the IBIA network.

“We view this as a step that reinforces our dedication to upholding the highest standards of integrity in sports betting,” KTO managing director Jeff Tabone said. “Trust has always been a cornerstone of the KTO brand. Joining IBIA signifies our commitment to a safe and transparent environment for our customers and the wider industry.”

IBIA chief executive Khalid Ali added: “KTO is the latest operator to make IBIA its preferred integ..

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Victoria bans sports betting on minors

Australia's Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) has announced a blanket ban on betting on all under-19 sports competitions.

The VGCCC’s ban applies to sporting events where all participants are minors. It also prohibits betting in Victoria on the individual performance of athletes aged under 18 who are playing in senior or junior events.

This includes wagering on outcomes such as first goal scorer or first wicket taken, when the player is a minor. However, bets can still be made on team outcomes in senior sports when minors are playing.

Sports controlling bodies have been directed to amend agreements with betting providers to ensure they prohibit offering markets involving minors. The VGCCC said the ban also applies to other sports not governed by an approved sports controlling body.

Sporting bodies and betting operators will have 60 days from 3 August to comply with the new rules. After this period, offering bets on minors could lead to regulatory acti..

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IBIA welcomes Galera.bet as latest member

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has announced sports betting brand Galera.bet as its latest member.

Match Time Solutions-owned online operator Galera.bet is focused on the Brazil market.

Galera.bet joins almost 50 companies and more than sports betting brands within the IBIA network of members.

“We are honoured to work with IBIA and to be able to reinforce our purpose of developing business with integrity as our priority.,” Galera.bet CEO Marcos Sabiá said. “We believe that collaboration between partners is extremely important to protecting the integrity of sport and betting markets from corruption.”

IBIA CEO Khalid Ali added: “We welcome Galera.bet’s decision to join IBIA. It recognises the unique benefits of IBIA’s operator-run integrity monitoring network and its ability to track members’ individual consumer transactional activity, rather than just analysing simple odds movements.

Brazil regulates sports betting

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Bolivian tennis official suspended for 12 years over corruption

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has suspended Bolivian tennis official Percy Flores for 12 years over a series of corruption charges.

Flores, who was also fined $15,000 (£11,673/€13,609) by the ITIA, was ruled to have breached the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP).

Some 31 breaches were noted between November 2021 and October 2022. These included routine manipulation of scores for betting purposes by entering the wrong score into the umpire’s handheld device.

Flores, a white badge umpire, did not contest the charges and had his suspension backdated to 8 December 2022. The ITIA also reduced this by three years due to mitigating circumstances, including early admission of charges.

As such, the suspension will run until 7 December 2034. Flores cannot officiate at or attend any event authorised by tennis’ governing bodies.

Corruption breaches

In terms of the specific breaches, ITIA noted several sections of both the 2021 and 2022 editions of the TACP.


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