ESSA pens information-sharing deal with Perform

Global sports betting integrity body ESSA has agreed a deal to begin exchanging information with digital sports media company Perform Group.

Under the agreement, the two parties will share information related to suspicious betting activity.

ESSA and Perform said the partnership will help widen the scope of anti-match-fixing activities to include betting operators and the sports data companies that supply them, as well as recognise a mutual benefit in maintaining the integrity of sporting event.

“We face a continuing challenge to our respective businesses from corruption in sport,” ESSA secretary general Khalid Ali said.

“This important agreement widens our integrity networks and strengthens our information gathering abilities; it is an arrangement that makes perfect sense for both parties.”

Matthew Drew, director of integrity and security at Perform Group, added: “ESSA represents many of our customers and agreeing this integrity partnership is a significant and necessary step as we continue to improve our service both to them and to sport.

“We believe that quality data and intelligence sharing can have a significant impact in strengthening the integrity of sports events and are committed to working with those that share our view.”

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