Five European sports and gaming groups are celebrating the first anniversary of a joint education project aimed at increasing awareness of betting rules among professional sportspeople.
The Remote Gambling Association (RGA), European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), European Sports Security Association (ESSA), Professional Players Federation (PPF) and EU Athletes have so far reached 9200 players across six nations with the programme.
Said Walter Palmer, general secretary of EU Athletes: “Our team visits show that there is still a substantial lack of knowledge of local rules on sports betting by players. It is the responsibility of all sports stakeholders to educate players and also to respect the basic principles of good governance. A single code of conduct for players across all sports disciplines would be a step in the right direction but the specificities of countries should be taken into account.”
Added Sigrid Ligné, secretary general of the EGBA: “The prevention of match fixing is of the upmost priority for the licensed European sports betting industry. We are glad to see that sports regulators are following in the footsteps of our initiative with EU Athletes and making the education of players a priority.”
And Brendon Batson, chairman of the PPF, said that the player betting education programme which it has developed and managed with funding from the RGA, Bet365, Betfair and Ladbrokes “is already showing real benefits”. That project focused on football, cricket and rugby union.
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