French gaming operator Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has become the latest leading European operator to join ESSA, the integrity body for the regulated sports betting industry.

The organisation described the addition of PMU as an important addition for ESSA, with the former horse racing betting monopoly currently Europe’s leading pari-mutual operator, and the second-largest in the world.

The agreement will allow it to strengthen its controls against match-fixing and fraudulent betting activity.

ESSA uses a two-tier warning system to detect unusual betting activity. Any suspicious bets are identified using an operator’s internal control system, with details of the activity then passed to ESSA’s security team and head bookmaker. If they confirm that something untoward has taken place a warning alert is triggered and sent to all members.

The organisation’s secretary-general Khalid Ali said that the ability to provide intelligence on irregular or suspicious betting activity was strengthened by PMU becoming a member.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with the PMU as we continue to strive for new and better ways to keep betting related match-fixing out of sport for good,” Ali said.

“We are constantly aware of the need for all of sport’s stakeholders to work together to combat match-fixing,” PMU general secretary Pierre Pages commented. “We believe that ESSA, with its excellent links not only with sports governing bodies but also regulators and other intelligence units, is the correct platform to coordinate this effort.”

PMU joins existing ESSA members including bet365, Paddy Power, Betclic Everest Group and digital entertainment.