Sports integrity

IBIA pens betting and integrity MoU with Spain’s Jdigital

| By Robert Fletcher
The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Spanish online gambling trade body Jdigital.
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The agreement will provide a framework for cooperation and coordination between the two parties, focused around ensuring sporting integrity in the Spanish market. 

This will include projects aimed at promoting regulated betting markets with high consumer channelling and related consumer, sports and operator integrity protection measures.

“Spain is an important market for IBIA members, many of which are also part of Jdigital,” IBIA chief executive Khalid Ali said. “A closer alliance between our associations therefore makes perfect sense, especially with the expected offshore channelisation challenges to the Spanish market from the recent advertising and sponsorship restrictions.”

“IBIA will be working closely with our colleagues at Jdigital to utilise our unique international data to inform and enhance the integrity of that market and its sporting events.”

Jdigital director general Andrea Vota added: “This partnership is a clear sign of Jdigital’s commitment with safe and responsible gambling. Betting is the main activity of online gambling in Spain and it is the industry’s will to keep this segment a safe, trustworthy one.

“We are excited to start collaborating with IBIA, who we consider the best partner in this crusade.”

The new MoU comes after the IBIA last week revealed that it reported 64 suspicious betting events to authorities during the first quarter of 2021, with tennis and esports the main sports of concern.

Two reports in Q1 related to activity of Spain, with both of these in reference to betting on tennis.

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