The exponential increase in betting on sports events has brought with it an increase in cases of sports fraud throughout the world. In most cases, sports participants and administrators are being targeted by international criminal organisations who are fixing matches in order to launder large amounts of money made from illicit activities through the betting market. Malta is not immune to this risk and to this effect the Government, is launching this consultation document for the general public, following the recommendations received by the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts’ Task-Force created by the Malta Football Association (MFA), and which included the representatives from the Government, the Opposition, the Malta Gaming Authority, SportMalta, the Police and the same MFA.
The aim of this consultation is for the Government to present a new law to parliament which shall replace the Prevention of Corruption (Players) Act of 1976, in order to replace the current outdated legislation with a new one entitled ‘Prevention of Corruption in Sport Act’ which encompasses the changes in the severity of the offence, the increase in bets on sports events, the influence of organised crime in the field of sport manipulation and the increased responsibility placed on stakeholders to protect better the integrity of sport.
Submission of proposals must be sent till 4th October 2017
The Consultation Document can be downloaded from here
Submissions must be sent through the following email: email@example.com