Sports Betting Reform at the top of the EPFL General Assembley’s Agenda

European Leagues’ chiefs will gather in Manchester on 30 March for the second EPFL General Assembly of the 2010/2011 season. Sports betting regulation shall be at the very top of the conclave. 

The EPFL supreme body will focus on one of the main priorities and key flagship of the European Leagues’ Association, with the official presentation of the three innovative and far-reaching impact initiatives:

  • The EPFL Football Betting Manifesto;
  • The EPFL Code of Conduct on Sports Betting Integrity; and
  • The EPFL Betting Operators Standards  

Built on the EPFL Declaration of Principles on The Future of Professional Football in Europe adopted on 16 October 2008 and the EPFL Resolution on Sports Betting Integrity of 7 October 2010, the EPFL Football Betting Manifesto indicates  the direction the EPFL and its Member Leagues are taking with regard to a rolling programme of integrity protection developments and the parallel creation of mechanisms  that allow a fair financial return to football.

Linked to such Manifesto, the EPFL is also proposing the adoption, by each of its Member Leagues, of a Code of Conduct aimed to safeguard and to further protect the integrity of the Leagues’ competitions and providing a guidance on the fight against unlawful betting and match-fixing. The EPFL Code of Conduct represents the EPFL commitment of preventing fraudulent betting practices in football and to support and strengthen its Member Leagues’ fight to protect the integrity of their competitions and maintain the overall credibility of the game.

In conjunction with the vision of the EPFL Football Betting Manifesto and the commitments of the Code of Conduct on Sports Betting Integrity, the EPFL will  also present to its Members the EPFL Betting Operators Standards, which must be complied with by operators, in particular assisting Member Leagues to prevent and fight against offences committed by fraudsters and/or participants.
 
In addition to sports betting regulation, the EPFL General Assembly shall also address a wide range of significant topics, such as the international match calendar, protection of intellectual property rights, European Union sport policy matters and the financial sustainability of club football.

The EPFL General Assembly shall be held at the Manchester Central Conference Centre, coinciding with the international business event Soccerex”.

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