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Sports betting companies advocate zero tolerane towards match-fixing

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9 June, 2011


A group of Australia’s leading sports betting companies is voicing its strong support for preserving the integrity of sporting events.

As Ministers for Sport from the Federal, State and Territory governments prepare to meet tomorrow, Sportsbet, Betfair, Centrebet and Sportingbet are publicly backing a national framework to address match-fixing in sport.

“Our companies wish to make it absolutely clear - we are committed to working with governments to ensure there is a zero tolerance policy towards match-fixing in sport,” said the Executive Chairman of Sportsbet, Matthew Tripp.

“Our customers and the broader community demand that sporting events are contested on their merits and without the taint of corruption - and the sports-betting industry is determined to do all we can to maintain the integrity of sport.

“In keeping with this, our industry is supportive of consistent legislation across Australia to combat match-fixing in sport and penalties of up to 10 years in jail for individuals who are found guilty of corrupt behaviour that is directly linked to sporting events.

“We are hoping that this will be acknowledged during discussions at the meeting of the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport.”

The Managing Director of Centrebet, Michael McRitchie, has emphasised the need for closer cooperation and ongoing dialogue between governments, sporting bodies and betting providers to build on the existing strong regulatory framework.

“The community needs to know that many safeguards are already in place and that all parts of the betting sector are working together to combat the threat to the integrity of sport,” Mr McRitchie said.

Sportsbet, Betfair, Centrebet and Sportingbet also advocate a more responsible approach to advertising by sports betting companies and they are working with industry stakeholders to achieve this.

Media Contacts

Centrebet: Michael McRitchie 02 9206 8933

Sportsbet: Haydn Lane 0423 354 667