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ESSA response: Spanish Sports Betting

Combat Matchfixing

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ESSA 2018 Annual Integrity Report


About ESSA

Careful listening

ESSA is a not for profit association representing the sports betting integrity interests of many of the largest licensed and regulated betting operators in the world. ESSA’s principal goal is to protect its members, consumers and partners, such as sports bodies, from potential fraud caused by the unfair manipulation of sporting events and associated betting. ESSA and its members achieve this by identifying and sharing information on suspicious betting patterns across any market ESSA members offer 24/7 and 365 days a year via a bespoke monitoring and alert platform.  All ESSA members undergo a rigorous due diligence process and must adhere to the ESSA code of conduct


The ESSA Platform

  • ESSA members know their customers and invest significant sums in sophisticated and robust risk management systems which detect suspicious activity in their markets.
  • When a member identifies suspicious activity that cannot be explained they raise an alert in the ESSA platform. All other members are then notified and must respond quickly and in detail indicating whether they also saw similar activity.
  • ESSA’s Betting Integrity Officer then conducts a detailed review where a series of factors and data are analysed to establish if the activity is suspicious and warrants further reporting and investigation.
  • ESSA’s monitoring and alert system utilises important account level and transactional activity (such as customer location) -  this is a fundamental difference between ESSA and many commercial monitoring systems, which primarily follow price movement activity and which lack the underlying consumer data so vital for effective investigative actions.
  • ESSA maintains a policy of transparency and publishes quarterly integrity reports detailing the alerts reported by the association (see our documents page) – no data is communicated which could hinder or impede related investigatory actions.

Cooperation with Sports Governing Bodies and Gambling Regulators

  • Once an alert has been analysed and deemed suspicious then ESSA utilises one or more of its cooperation agreements (memorandums of understanding or MoU’s) to highlight the suspicious activity to a relevant sports governing body (SGB) or related integrity unit and, where applicable, the gambling regulatory authority. ESSA members also report to their relevant regulatory body as per their licensing conditions.
  • Alerts are provided by ESSA free of charge using a template agreed with our sporting partners. ESSA has MoU’s with many SGB’s globally such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), UEFA and FIFA amongst others. Furthermore, ESSA has agreements in place with many gambling regulatory authorities across the world.
  • ESSA and its members are committed to assisting relevant authorities with the investigative process and, following a suspicious alert, will work with its members and relevant regulators to ensure SGB’s receive the required information to conduct robust and detailed investigations (for example customer data), provided all data protection and regulatory requirements are met.
  • ESSA’s cooperation agreements involve the two-way sharing of information and SGB’s and regulators are actively encouraged to proactively request that the betting markets of potentially suspicious events be reviewed by ESSA and its members. Partnership working is a central tenet of our approach to addressing betting related corruption in sport.

Institutional Outreach and Mitigating Actions

To complement this detection and investigatory activity, the association also engages in mitigating actions and is active in a range of anti-match-fixing programmes, notably European Commission Erasmus+ funded projects. ESSA also plays a key role as the regulated betting sector’s representative body at national and international match-fixing policy forums and holds positions on working groups at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Indeed, the association helped to develop and broadly supports the adoption of the Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions.