he ESLTA stated that “uncontrolled expansion” of online sports betting is at least partly responsible for recent attempts to influence the outcome of sporting events but Clive Hawkswood, CEO for the trade organization, responded by saying that these allegations were being used to prop up a failing case for European monopolies.
ESLTA's comments were released following news that the Union Of European Football Associations (UEFA) is investigating up to 26 incidents of betting related corruption.
Hawkswood stated that reputable private betting operators were regulated to the same standard as state monopolies, if not better, and that it was the betting companies themselves that would be the victims of match-fixing. “Furthermore, all our members will collaborate with the competent authorities on any case of alleged match-fixing,” he said.
“The integrity of sports is of fundamental importance to all betting operators because they provide our core products. Wherever possible we are committed to working with sporting authorities to address any problems which arise and that will continue to be the case.”