A review into corruption in sports commissioned by the
British government and carried out by a panel under the
direction of football star Rick Parry has recommended
the inception of a special new Sports Betting
Intelligence Unit to investigate corruption in betting
on sport, according to The Guardian newspaper.
The proposal is one of the key recommendations in a
report from Parry, and a panel of sports betting
integrity experts, that was commissioned by Sports
Minister Gerry Sutcliffe last June. This was prompted by
Sutcliffe's concern with the number of suspicious
betting cases being reported to the Gambling Commission.
The report recommends that the proposed Sports
Betting Intelligence Unit must be efficient in its
handling of intelligence from sports and betting and
have an effective investigation process in place, which
where appropriate will lead to disciplinary action under
sports' rules or criminal prosecution.
Director would be appointed to lead the Sports Betting
Intelligence Unit which would be housed within the
Gambling Commission, the report also proposed.
Other key proposals include:
* The implementation
of a comprehensive education programme on sports betting
integrity for competitors, run with the help of sports
governing bodies and players associations
new code of conduct on sports betting integrity for all
sports governing bodies to adhere to
setting up of a Sports Betting Group, made up of
individuals from the world of sport that will assess
sports' compliance with the code of conduct
Every sport to have a system for capturing intelligence
and report regularly to the Sports Betting Intelligence
* A review of the definition of "˜cheating'
in the Gambling Act 2005 to see if it needs greater
* A review of the Gambling Commission's
investigative powers to ensure they are sufficient to
best tackle corruption in sports betting
review of the 2 year maximum sanction, under the
Rick Parry said: "The report that
I've delivered to the Minister today presents a clear
way forward in tackling the growing threat of corruption
to the integrity of sport. We have to take the toughest
possible approach if we want to stamp out cheating "“
and that's why it's so vitally important that the
recommendations are taken on board and followed through.
This should be a no compromise approach – the panel has
identified a number of areas thhat need work and we now
need the full sign up of the Government, the gambling
industry, sports governing bodies, the Police and the
Gambling Commission to put them into practice."
Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe said: "I want to
thank Rick Parry and the rest of the panel members for
submitting a very focused and interesting report. I will
now consider the recommendations that have been put to
Government and announce next steps in due course. I am
very keen to keep up the momentum on this vitally
important work. There is no place in sport for cheating
of any kind and we must make sure we're doing all we can
to protect its' integrity.
"But this issue cannot
be tackled by Government alone. The report puts a range
of recommendations to sports governing bodies,
bookmakers, the Police and importantly the Gambling
Commission. I hope all of these bodies will take this
report seriously and consider in detail what practical
steps they are now going to take. We must all work
together towards one common goal – an effective,
watertight intelliggence-led system that means cheats
have nowhere to hide."