The Remote Gambling Association, the European Betting and Gaming Association, and the European Sports Security Association issued a joint statement Thursday praising a European Commission funded study on sports organisers’ rights in Europe, which they say challenges the establishment of sports rights in relation to betting.

The industry groups highlight one of the study's findings "that there is no legal basis nor rational for an EU-wide right to consent to bets", and note that no other European country has "properly implemented [sports rights] legislation similar to that existing in France".

EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer commented that the "very comprehensive study illustrates clearly that a sports betting right cannot act as a safeguard to keep corruption out of sport".

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