Since 1 April, the Danish Gambling Authority has been secretariat of the national platform for combating match-fixing. Recently, the authority entered into a collaboration with three companies that monitor betting at sporting events and issue alerts to partners if they discover irregularities that could be signs of match-fixing. In future, the Danish Gambling Authority will also receive these alarms, and will be able to compare with its own data and information and intervene if match-fixing is suspected.
The three companies with which the Danish Gambling Authority has now entered into formal cooperation are Sportradar, United Lotteries for Integrity in Sport (ULIS) and the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). All three of them offer monitoring of betting on sporting events worldwide and share any suspicions of match-fixing directly with either the betting providers, the sport or the authorities. The companies’ monitoring consists by either following irregularities in the case of fluctuations in the odds setting or effort in the bet, and by acting as a centralised unit that receives, evaluates, and shares information with members.
With the new agreement, the Danish Gambling Authority will receive alerts from all three companies if they find unusual gambling patterns in betting on sports events mainly in Denmark.
“We are very happy about the three cooperation agreements. It will significantly strengthen our efforts against match-fixing that we now receive the alerts directly. Combined with our own large amounts of data, it has the potential to make our work even more efficient. We will be able to react very quickly and help stop behaviour that threatens the integrity of the sport,” Anders Dorph, director of the Danish Gambling Authority, said.
When the Danish Gambling Authority receives an alarm from one or more of the companies, the information is assessed, and the Danish Gambling Authority can initiate a closer investigation of the specific case. If the investigation indicates a concrete suspicion of match-fixing, the case will be transferred to the police and/or sports.