The guiding principles:
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KNOW THE RULES – YOUR CAREER MIGHT DEPEND ON IT
You need to make sure you know the rules on sports betting, even if you don’t bet. The rules can change each season. If you don’t understand, ask your player association to explain.
Being charged with a betting offense can ruin your career and will harm your reputation forever
FIXING ANY PART OF A GAME IS A CRIME
It is just as serious to fix the smallest part of a match as it is to fix the World Championship.
If you fix once you risk being trapped forever by the match-fixers.
YOU MUST REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS APPROACHES
A failure to report approaches is an offense that can have consequences just as serious as match-fixing itself and lead to long bans. If available, use your RED BUTTON App to safely and easily report anything suspicious.
This can be anonymous if you are worried about safety but ideally add your contact details.
YOU MUST NOT GAMBLE ON YOUR OWN SPORT
And you must not ask anyone else to bet for you. Betting companies and national betting regulators have sophisticated monitoring systems to catch cheats. If you place a bet you will appear on their system.
Your phone and computer records can be used as evidence against you.
INSIDE INFORMATION SHOULD STAY WITHIN YOUR TEAM.
It’s an offense to pass on non-public information or knowledge related to a sporting event as people might misuse it for gambling.
Some further important advice:
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FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Your family and friends’ betting behaviours or relations with unscrupulous individuals could create serious problems for you and your career.
If your partner, family or friends are betting on you, or events where you have access to inside information, this will be traced back to you. These instances will raise suspicions, which could lead to you being banned from your sport.
Do not allow anyone to develop a hold over you or your career through debt, addictions or illegal behavior that could have been avoided. These situations could trigger unscrupulous individuals to target you to fix competitions either in return for money or even by blackmail.
Never wager more than you can afford to lose. If you feel gambling is becoming a problem and you need support or advice, then ask your player association for help. European regulated betting sites will also have details of a confidential helpline number that will connect you with independent specialists who are trained to help with these problems.
If you find yourself starting to have problems, it is always better to ask for help before things become too serious. Your player association is there to help you.
Underage betting is illegal. If you are under 18 (or 21, depending on jurisdiction) do not access a sports betting website, or enter a land-based betting establishment (or ask anyone else to do it for you in order to place a bet).
It looks suspicious if you use illegal or unregulated betting websites and it can create all sorts of problems. If you do gamble, only do so with reputable operators who are licensed in Europe.
IF IN DOUBT - TELL SOMEONE
If you ever feel that something is not quite right, then trust your instinct and speak to your player association right away. Make sure to keep a record of this.
If you have any queries about sports betting issues it is always better to ask for advice than risk breaking any laws or sport regulations. If you have any doubts, your player association is there to help.
FIXERS WILL BE CAUGHT: ALL SUSPICIOUS BETS ARE MONITORED
Remote betting operators (a betting service provided via the internet, mobile phone or interactive television) use sophisticated security measures that track all suspicious bets, trace the identity of those placing those bets, and report these to sports federations or national authorities.
ESSA monitors any irregular betting patterns to provide an immediate early warning to sports and bookmakers. Modern information technology allows regulated European betting operators to record and trace your bets for fraud prevention purposes. Land-based betting establishments also have serious security measures and are linked in to betting companies’ central integrity operations.
There is an increased international coordination on the fights against match-fixing including the network of National Platforms and police organizations such as INTERPOL and EUROPOL and a cooperation across international borders to detect, investigate and pursue match-fixing.