The Malta Gaming Authority has set up a new Sports Integrity Unit which is tasked with liaisoning with local and foreign regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies, bet monitoring systems, sports governing bodies and gaming operators.
The unit will be chaired by the Gaming authority’s senior executive Antonio Zerafa. He will be serving as sports integrity officer.
“Having a dedicated Sports Integrity Unit is vital for the MGA’s statutory objective to ensure that gambling is free from crime, specifically the manipulation of sports competitions,” said Heathcliff Farrugia, chief executive of the MGA.
“The MGA is committed to cooperation with stakeholders to the extent permitted by law to act against a pervasive phenomenon that threatens the integrity of both the sports and betting industries.”
Earlier this year in May, the Malta Gaming Authority signed an MoU with Malta police to work towards curbing the growing menace of problem gambling in the country. Malta has already been battling with the illegal gambling operators in the country who not only put customers at risk but also cut into the tax revenues.
The new agreement is to make the cooperation between the police and the gaming authority more effective and also to make the exchange of information and critical inputs seamless.