The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has signed a new deal as part of its push to help protect the integrity of sport on the Mediterranean island.
The MGA has announced that it has formed a partnership with the island’s leading football organisation, the Malta Football Association (FA) that will see it co-operate on the sharing of data regarding suspicious or unusual betting patterns in football-related markets.
The new deal effectively came into being on Thursday, and it ensures that both the MGA and the FA will be able to access the relevant data as required to fulfil their regulatory functions. Speaking about the partnership, the Chief Executive at the MGA, Heathcliff Farrugia, said that it came on top of the recent agreements that the MGA has signed with a host of regulatory bodies, and reinforces the recent establishment of their Sports Integrity Unit:
“The Authority is committed to ensure that this agreement is not limited to data sharing, but also sharing of ideas and best practices for the benefit of both entities.”
Both organisations have pledged that they will be co-operating in attempts to spot and to prevent all examples of corruption in football, and that where their regulatory interests overlap, there will be a thorough and speedy investigation to root out potential integrity issues.
Commenting on the new arrangement, Bjorn Vassallo, the president of the Malta FA, reminded people that his organisation was a key driver behind the creation of the 2015 Anti-Corruption Task Force, which eventually led to the Prevention of Corruption in Sport Act, as well as the forming of Malta’s Sports Integrity Unit.
He added that the agreement was another key step in helping to reinforce the FA’s determination to root out match and spot-fixing, and in addition to making it possible to share data with the MGA, the two bodies would now be in a better position to share expertise in this area.