FIFA To Examine Sportsbetting
By Staff
The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) global soccer authority is stepping up its efforts against match fixing by extending its early warning monitoring system.

Early Warning System GmbH, a company founded specifically for the purpose with its own staff and offices in Zurich, has been contracted by FIFA to help support its efforts at preventing sportsbetting from having any negative impacts on matches along with raising awareness of the problem.

The Federation stated that it would sign contracts via Early Warning Systems with bookmakers and betting organisations to flag any irregular betting activities. By signing up to the system, bookmakers pledge to help FIFA pursue its objective of safeguarding football's integrity by protecting it from the negative influences of betting circles.

FIFA piloted its early warning system during the 2006 World Cup in Germany and prompted by the influence the ever-increasing range of online and offline sports bets now available largely as a result of advances in new media and Internet technology. Currently, the system takes betting patterns and observations from over 200 bookmakers and online gambling sites along with police reports and information from players and officials and uses the data to track and thwart attempts to illegally control soccer results for wagering purposes.

'In recent months, leading bookmakers, betting operators and betting organisations have signed up to the early warning system and pledged to report any incidences of irregular betting patterns,' said a spokesperson for FIFA.

The Federation stated that the experience gained during the tournament prompted it to formalise the early warning system and deploy it again for the 2010 World Cup scheduled for South Africa.

'The FIFA early warning system passed its first test in 2006 and has since been introduced across the board and that means that we now have an efficient means of supervising and controlling betting activities,' said Sepp Blatter, President for FIFA.

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