LGA Teams Up with FIFA to Fight Manipulation of Sports


What is being described as an historic MoU, is an important collaboration between Malta’s Lotteries and Gaming Authority and FIFA’s in-house agency on sport integrity, the FIFA Early Warning System GmbH (EWS).

The Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) has entered into a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FIFA in the interests of protecting and maintaining the integrity of football and sports betting.

What is the aim of this MoU?

It appears that the aim would be to cooperate in order to avoid the manipulation of sports events and competitions by gamblers of malicious intent. The authority in collaboration with its licensed operators shall provide the necessary assistance to ensure the effective workings of the EWS.

This collaboration aims to augment even further and shall ensure that the possibility of achieving unfair winnings, (a phenomenon which is particularly present with respect to unregulated betting activities) remains shut out of the regulated markets, such as that regulated by the LGA.

The EWS – LGA MOU shall bring together FIFA’s early warning system, the LGA and its betting licensees to exchange betting-related information to assist the investigation of betting patterns or insider betting connected with sporting events and competitions.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Reuben Portanier, CEO of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority and Urs Scherrer, CEO of FIFA Early Warning System GmbH.

Malta’s Minister of Finance, the Economy and Industry, Tonio Fenech also stated that Malta has, in addition to very strict gaming legislation, a specific legal framework to prevent corruption in sports. Thus, such collaboration forms an important addition to complement the intention and spirit of the law.