Malta has requested an opinion from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) regarding the compatibility of the recently adopted Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions as it relates to European law, and in particular, the definition of "illegal sports betting".

Adopted on July 9th by the Council of Europe, the convention calls on governments to adopt measures to prevent conflicts of interest in sports betting; to encourage sports betting regulatory authorities to fight against fraud including, if necessary, by limiting the supply of sports bets or suspending the taking of bets; and to fight against illegal sports betting by restricting access and blocking financial flows to and from customers.

Malta, which was one of the European nations involved in the drafting process, ultimately voted against the convention, stating that while it agrees with the principle aim of combating manipulation and fraud in sports, it believes that the betting provisions contained in the convention go beyond its scope and objectives.

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