Europe’s leading licensed betting operators have published a report which states that there were only 6 cases of irregular betting on sporting events on their markets during 2012.

The level is in stark contrast to the figures from Europol earlier this year of over 600 cases, albeit covering a number of years, which are considered to be primarily linked to the unregulated Asian betting market.   

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), the industry’s integrity body which published the figures, advised that whilst some self-interested parties remain critical of the sector the reality is that the “licensed betting industry is at the forefront in combatting betting related match-fixing and today’s figures demonstrate that regulated online betting has actually created increased security.”

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