Spanish Gambling Industry in the News — Weekly Round-up for February 15, 2019

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Feb 15, 2019

DGOJ Publish Sports Integrity Obligations

Violations attract a Euro 100,000 penalty

Spanish gambling authority la Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) has reiterated sections within gaming law that protect the integrity of sports.

The decree establishes that directors of sports entities, athletes, coaches or other direct participants, as well as judges and referees are banned for placing any bets relative to their sports discipline.

The prohibition affects all bets related to any event that takes place within the framework of the competitions in which that sporting entity participates where sports or professional services are provided.

The law is intended to proactively promote a high level of integrity and a low risk of fraud in the regulated sports betting market, the DGOJ said.

“Participation in gambling activities contravenes the prohibitions established in article 6, paragraph 2, letters c), d), e), f), g) and h) of Law 13/2011,” the DGOJ warns, any violation constitutes a minor offence punishable by a fine of up to Euro one hundred thousand.

Spain To Launch National Sports Integrity Commission

Public invited to weigh-in on open consultation

Spain’s gambling authority La Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego launched a consultation earlier this week inviting the public to weigh-in on the proposed formation of a National sports integrity commission tasked with combating the manipulation of sports competitions and fraud in sports betting.

The public is invited to submit their observations by March 8, 2019.

The commission will act as a formalised channel of dialogue and cooperation between public authorities, sports organisations, organisers of sports competitions and representatives of the gaming industry with the purpose of preventing and eradicating corruption and manipulation of competitions and sports betting.

Under the Ministry of Finance, the National Commission will comprise representatives from the DGOJ, the General Directorate of Sports, the General Directorate of the Police, the Higher Sports Council, gaming industry and Spanish Sports Federations.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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