The European Parliament has agreed a resolution on online gambling which calls on the European Commission and Member States to “take action against illegal gambling offered from within Member State territories” and that corresponding “enforcement measures” be included in the Commission’s planned recommendations on consumer protection and advertising.

The resolution, overwhelmingly supported by MEPs with 572 for (80%), 79 against (11%) and 61 abstentions (9%), also suggests operators self-impose bans on “negative” bets such as the number of yellow cards during a game and “calls on Member States and gambling operators to ban all forms of live sports betting” stating that these have “proved to be very vulnerable to match-fixing” and are a risk to the integrity of sport.

The Parliamentary procedure was led by UK Conservative MEP Ashley Fox whose constituency includes Gibraltar which houses a number of private remote gambling operators.

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