Bets on - tackling illegal gambling
On 17 January, for those involved in combating corruption in sport, the focus was on Rome, where 200 delegates from 50 countries and key representatives from the worlds of sport, betting and law enforcement gathered to discuss the threats posed to football by match-fixing, and ways to further improve prevention and investigation. To put the issue in context, Ronald Noble of Interpol said: "Illegal betting that drives match-fixing encompasses a market that is said to be in the range of hundreds of billions of euros per year, with estimates that the large bookmakers have revenues on the same scale as Coca-Cola."
Illegal betting and match-fixing pose a significant threat to sport, but what roles should gambling operators and sports bodies play in tackling such corruption? DLA Piper’s Nick Fitzpatrick weighs up the form
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