Barbados politician indicted on money laundering charges in US

first_imgThe former Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development in Barbados, Donville Innis has been indicted in the United States with conspiracy to launder money and money laundering, following his alleged acceptance of bribes from a Barbadian insurance company in 2015 and 2016.Released on bondInniss, 52, was arrested last Friday and was arraigned on Monday before United States Magistrate Judge Julie Sneed in the Middle District of Florida at the federal courthouse in Tampa. He was released on a US$50,000 bond. A three-count indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn.According to the indictment, between August 2015 and April 2016, Inniss engaged in a scheme to accept approximately US$36,000 in bribes from high-level executives of an unnamed insurance company headquartered in Barbados and launder that money through the United States.Enabled government contractsIn exchange for the bribes, Inniss leveraged his position as the Minister of Industry to enable the Barbados company to obtain two government contracts. He concealed the bribes by arranging to receive them through a dental company and a bank located in Elmont, New York. The insurance company executives transferred the funds to the dental company using an invoice falsely claiming that the payments were for consulting services.During the time of the charged conspiracy, Inniss was a legal permanent resident of the United States residing in Tampa, Florida, as well as Barbados.As charged in the indictment, Inniss abused his position of trust as a government official by taking bribes from a Barbadian company, then laundered the illicit funds through a bank and a dental company located in the Eastern District of New York. “The Department of Justice will continue to hold accountable corrupt government officials here or abroad who use the U.S. financial system to facilitate their criminal conduct,” stated United States Attorney Richard Donoghue.Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski added: “Donville Inniss allegedly used the U.S. financial system to launder bribes he received while serving as a government official in Barbados. These charges demonstrate the commitment of the Department and our law enforcement partners to hold accountable anyone who seeks to use our financial system to promote or launder the corrupt proceeds of their crimes.”last_img read more

The 2017 Formula 1 British Grand Prix Review

first_imgValtteri Bottas is just a win of the championship leadFerrari [Kimi Raikkonen, P3; Sebastian Vettel, P7]A late blowout may have cost him second at Silverstone, but Raikkonen had still done enough in the race to pit and seal a podium – the 87th of his career, and his 36th with Ferrari. It was nonetheless a perfect riposte to Sergio Marchionne’s recent ‘laggard’ comments.Raikkonen looked set to secure second position when the incident occurred, forcing the Finn to pit for fresh rubber with four laps remaining. It relegated him from second to fourth initially, only for teammate Sebastian Vettel to suffer a similar issue with the same tyre on the penultimate lap, meaning Raikkonen inherited the final spot on the podium.The Finn is convinced he had not hit anything before the incident.Recalling the moment the tyre delamination occurred, he said: “Everything was going more or less smoothly and in the end the gap was fine for us but then all of a sudden two laps from the end I don’t know what happened. Just before Turn 6, on the first straight, the front left tyre … it didn’t explode but the rubber part kind of came off suddenly in the middle of the straight.“I don’t think I hit anything, everything felt normal before that moment. If I came back quite fast I would destroy the front wing after that because the tyre was flapping around but we managed to get into a decent position in fourth.Ferrari need to bounce back in two weeks’ time in HungaryRed Bull [Max Verstapen, P4; Daniel Ricciardo, P5]Red Bull’s decision to call in Max Verstappen late at the British Grand Prix was the most sensible thing to do after seeing Kimi Raikkonen suffer a rather dramatic tyre delamination.Raikkonen’s dramatic tyre issue came with three laps remaining, with Verstappen running fifth behind Sebastian Vettel. However, the teenager had also been suffering from severe tyre degradation and Red Bull decided to call him in immediately after seeing Raikkonen’s delamination to pit for a fresh set of tyres to avoid a similar incident.Eventually, the stop turned out to have been the right call, as Vettel suffered a front left puncture in the other Ferrari, allowing Verstappen to jump to fourth. Verstappen had suggested over his radio that the stop was not necessary but team boss Christian Horner believes the team would have risked losing a lot of points.Daniel Ricciardo’s superb afternoon of recovery took him from the back of the grid to fifth. The performance earned the Australian formula one fans’ Driver of the Day award. Hamilton equals Jim Clark & Alain Prost records with five British GP career winsIt was a perfect Sunday afternoon for Lewis Hamilton at his favourite track, as the Brit delivered in style for his home fans, starting from pole, leading all the way and setting the fastest lap of the race. Hamilton got to Northamptonshire over the weekend needing a good result to close the worryingly large championship gap to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.The 32-year old who was heavily criticised for his decision to snub formula one’s showpiece event at Trafalgar square, London on Wednesday was quick to dedicate his win to the teeming British fans in attendance at Silverstone. “The support has been incredible this weekend,” he said. “I am so proud I could do this for you all. Now the plan is to win the championship.”The win cut Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to just a single point after late tyre dramas hit both Ferraris. The unfortunate late tyre drama also allowed Valtteri Bottas to grab second from Kimi Raikkonen to secure a Mercedes one-two, as Vettel trailed home seventh.Ferrari’s fortunes deflated as Sebastian Vettel suffered a front-left tyre failure when running third with two laps to go, dropping to seventh. The same problem had hit Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen the lap before, costing the Finn an almost certain second place, promoting Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas to a Mercedes one-two. Raikkonen recovered to finish third.They key beneficiaries from Ferrari’s late blip were off-the-pace Red Bull’s Max Verstapen who finished fourth and Daniel Ricciardo who finished fifth after battling his way up from P19 on the grid.On a Sunday afternoon which the huge British crowd got exactly what it came for, the complexion of the world championship fight was turned around. Sebastian Vettel may head into the second half of the 2017 Formula One season as the world championship leader, but only with his advantage slashed to just one point after a dominant victory for Lewis Hamilton.However, it remains to be seen how crucial this momentum shift could be in the course of this year’s increasingly enthralling title fight as the 2017 formula one season reaches its halfway point! Lewis Hamilton is the new spiritual owner of SIlverstoneThe 32-year-old converted pole position – earned with a spectacular lap on Saturday afternoon – into a first-corner lead and simply drove off into the distance. Hamilton was 1.6 seconds clear after the first lap before the race was neutralised by a safety car following a collision between the Toro Rosso drivers. After the restart on lap five, Hamilton edged clear, building a 3.1-second lead after 12 laps and five seconds after 18, before he began to cut loose as the pit stops approached.Suddenly Hamilton was lapping a second faster than Raikkonen, pulling out five seconds behind Raikkonen made his pit stop on lap 24, Mercedes calling Hamilton in for his stop on the next lap. Hamilton returned to the track with a 10-second lead over Raikkonen and cruised to the flag as attention now turned to the battle for the remaining podium positions.Bottas was on an inverted tyre strategy, starting on the soft tyre from ninth place after a five-place penalty for changing his gearbox. He ran long on his first stint, battling past the cars in front of him and up into fifth place by lap five and then not stopping until lap 32 and rejoined 4.2 seconds behind Vettel with 18 laps to go. Bottas was soon setting fastest laps and was on Vettel’s tail by lap 42. Bottas swept by on the Hangar Straight a lap later and set off after Raikkonen. Writer: Soliu AdeyemoHe is a renowned Formula 1 Expert. Follow him @SolihuF1 on Twitter and Instagram for more updates and analysis.Related As predicted while previewing the 53rd edition of the British Grand Prix, British homeboy Lewis Hamilton stormed to a dominant record equalling British Grand Prix win at Silverstone. The Mercedes driver equalled the tally of Scot Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost with his fourth home win in a row to add to his first win for McLaren in 2008. Official 2017 F1 British GP Full Race ClassificationMercedes [Lewis Hamilton, P1; Valtteri Bottas, P2]Having claimed a commanding pole position earlier on Saturday, his fifth British Grand Prix pole, Lewis Hamilton found himself lining up with two ravenous Ferraris hoping to snap at his heels immediately behind him. Meanwhile, last weekend’s race winning Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas, had been forced to start from the midfield after a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change.Lewis Hamilton kept his focus and did his job in supreme style. The race start, and restart, were executed superbly. He was untouchable for the remainder of the race as he secured his 57th career victory. Daniel Ricciardo’s superb fight earned him fans’ driver of the dayRenault [Nico Hulkenberg, P6; Jolyon Palmer, DNS – hydraulic leakage]Fifth on the grid for Nico Hulkenberg was Renault’s best starting position since they returned to F1 at the beginning of last season.It was a different story for Jolyon Palmer who struggled in comparison with team mate Hulkenberg on his home track, having comfortably outpaced him the previous weekend, but even so was well placed to challenge for the points from 11th on the grid. He didn’t even make it to lights out though, with his Renault’s RS17 car quitting on him during the original formation lap, leaving him to walk home.“Going out at the start of the race is really frustrating,” he said with serious understatement. “We had a hydraulic leak, which is pretty gutting as I think we were in a good position. Eleventh with new tyres, a car that was working really well with lots of different options on strategy: all was looking good to get some points. I have had so much support all weekend that it would have been sweet to get them here.”Force India [Esteban Ocon, P8; Sergio Perez, P9]Force India scored six points on a British Grand Prix where Esteban Ocon finished in eighth place ahead of Sergio Perez in ninth.It was a straightforward race for Force India with Esteban Ocon getting the jump on Sergio Perez at the start. From there it was line astern to the flag with both drivers following similar one-stop strategies.Williams [Felipe Massa, P10; Lance Stroll, P16]Felipe Massa finished 10th and Lance Stroll 16th in the British Grand Prix. Both drivers had a strong start to the race on the soft tyre, gaining several places to end lap one in P10 and P12, from 14th and 15th on the grid.Lance pitted for a new set of supersoft tyres on lap 22 and rejoined in P18. He was able to quickly pass Kvyat move up to P17. Felipe pitted on lap 25 from P8. He rejoined the race in P14. Both drivers were able to move up the order as others pitted. Felipe was in P11, before the late-stopping. Magnussen decided to come in, which moved Felipe into the points in P10. Lance wasn’t able to make his supersoft tyres last due to bodywork damage and was forced to pit on lap 42 from P14 and went on to cross the line 16th.Felipe kept the pressure on Perez for several laps, but he wasn’t able to make a pass in the closing stages and finished in 10th.McLaren [Stoffel Vandoorne, P11; Fernando Alonso, Retired Lap 32]There were to be no points for McLaren on Sunday at Silverstone – but Vandoorne was mighty close, finishing less than 4s off Felipe Massa in tenth and less than 7s off Esteban Ocon in eighth. So while the Belgian’s wait for a first top 10 of 2017 continues, he did score several other breakthroughs on what was a strong weekend overall.On Saturday for example he out-qualified Alonso for the first time – and in the process secured his highest ever starting spot of eighth. He also spent nearly half the race inside the top 10. The only time he has managed before was Monaco, a track more typically suited to McLaren’s strengths.Haas [Kevin Magnussen, P12; Romain Grosjean, P13]Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen  and Romain Grosjean finished 12th and 13th respectively, in the British Grand Prix Sunday at Silverstone Circuit.Both drivers were on a one-stop strategy for the 51-lap race around the 5.891-kilometer (3.660-mile), 18-turn track, but the timing of their stops differed drastically.Grosjean started 10th and made his pit stop on lap 23, swapping the Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tires he started the race with for a new set of Yellow softs. This dropped Grosjean to 15th.Magnussen was the last driver to pit, running 37 laps on his Yellow softs before coming in for a relatively new set of Red that had only three laps on them. Staying out for so long allowed Magnussen to climb to as high as seventh, but with the tight midfield cars turning laps behind him on fresher tires, there wasn’t enough of a gap for Magnussen to keep the spots he had earned. Magnussen returned to the race in 14th, but quickly passed the Wiiliams of Lance Stroll to take 13th on lap 40.Ten rounds into the 20-race FIA Formula One World Championship, Haas  remains seventh in the constructors’ championship standings with 29 points.Sauber [Marcus Ericsson, P14; Pascal Wehrlein, P17]Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein finished the British Grand Prix in  P14 and P17 respectively. Both drivers put in maximum performance based on their race strategies.Toro Rosso [Daniil Kvyat, P15; Carlos Sainz, Retired Lap 0]Toro Rosso race was ruined by the needless collision between their two drivers on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix.Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz had been battling through Copse, before the Russian driver got wide at Becketts and lost control of his car. That spun him across the track and into Sainz, who had been on the outside of the corner, forcing the Spaniard into an immediate retirement.Though Kvyat continued on, he soon received a drive-through penalty and two points on his superlicence, taking him to the cusp of a one-race ban. Though happy to accept his own role in the incident he insists Sainz should be held equally responsible.My Take on the WeekendAt the half way point in the season, all of the back and forth between Ferrari and Mercedes, Vettel and Hamilton has yielded a gap in the championship of just a single point.With the long summer break just one race away, the events of the weekend’s British Grand Prix will go a long way in affecting the psychology of this increasingly entertaining championship season.As it stands, the momentum has swung in favour of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian needs all the psychological and technological strength he could muster in order to secure his fifth world championship.last_img read more

Nigerian Player Wins Maiden ITTF Title

first_imgNigerian tennis player Aruna Quadri continued the victory trend this weekend after he won his first ever International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) title in Poland.Quadri defeated Yoshida Kai of Japan 4-2 in the final to win gold at the ITTF Challenge Polish Open thereby securing his maiden ITTF title.The victory recorded by Aruna Quadri in Poland is in line with the theme of this weekend for Nigeria as a nation. Earlier on Saturday, the Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated Zambia 1-0 to seal a sixth final appearance in Russia next summer.RelatedTable Tennis: ITTF hails Aruna Quadri’s fighting-spirit at Bulgaria OpenAugust 20, 2019In “Africa”Aruna Quadri Stays Top of ITTF RankingsJanuary 6, 2019In “Sports”ITTF Africa Cup: Heartbreak For Quadri, Edem As Saleh, Meshref Triumph In FinalsFebruary 26, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

Networking with a view – Betting on Sports party gains Altitude

first_img New Betting on Football track answers industry’s burning questions March 18, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles Delegates give overwhelming support to Betting on Sports October 19, 2018 Submit Next stop New York after record Betting on Sports returns September 28, 2018 Delegates at Betting on Sports 2017 (12-15 September) will be treated to panoramic views of London from the 29th floor of Westminster’s tallest building.The world class Altitude 360 has been selected by SBC Events to host the official networking party on Wednesday 13 September. With a 360-degree view of the UK’s capital city and a newly installed LED lighting system, this spectacular venue provides the perfect party atmosphere.An estimated 1,000 delegates are invited to attend the party, which takes place after the first full day of #boscon2017, the largest international sports and betting trade conference.The conference has been subject to huge interest across the industry for its high-level delegates and the outstanding networking opportunities demonstrated at Betting on Football in May.Warehouse style loft space Skyloft, another of the amazing Altitude London venues in Millbank Tower, has also been booked by SBC Events for its renowned dinners on the same night.With the events being held on floors 28 and 29 in the same building, both with panoramic views of the capital, this is the perfect opportunity for companies to engage in high-level networking by booking VIP tables for a dinner at Skyloft, before partying into the early hours at Altitude 360.SBC Managing Director Andy McCarron commented: “Altitude 360 and Skyloft are spectacular venues for our Wednesday night official Betting on Sports 2017 party and the dinners. Given its history, SBC puts a lot of time and effort into its networking opportunities and we believe that this venue will make this yet another special occasion.”To book a VIP table for the dinner – please contact [email protected] requests regarding branding and video promotions on 60” plasma screens at Altitude 360 and Skyloft, as well as additional sponsorship opportunities at both venues, please also contact us on [email protected]last_img read more

Betfair: Punters putting faith in Eubank Jr’s outright chances

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon The format of the World Boxing Super Series means that the ultimate prize for the victor of Saturday’s bout between Chris Eubank Jr and Avni Yildirim, is a potential semi-final clash with George Groves. The series is made up of two explosive eight man tournaments from the super-middleweight and cruiserweight divisions, not only providing boxing fans with a plethora of intriguing super-fights, but also a host of exciting ante post betting markets. Betfair’s Katie Baylis revealed that in the outright betting markets: “It has all been about Chris Eubank Jr, at 11/4, over 50% of bets in the outright market have been on the fighter with the famous family name.”Baylis also outlined the potential popularity of a domestic dust up between Groves and Eubank Jr should they both get through their respective quarter final ties, Baylis said: “The Eubanks are divisive characters – you either love them or hate them. With that in mind we would suggest interest levels in the event would skyrocket should Groves/Eubank fall out of the early fights. “We would even suggest that this is something which could top Froch/Groves in terms of volume. It should also be a relatively even match up, so that’s always something which would heighten interest levels and make it a very viable betting proposition for punters no matter which side they fall on.” Eubank Jr is currently 1/7 to earn a victory this weekend, with Groves 1/6 favourite to outwit Jamie Cox next weekend and set up a hotly anticipated contest between the two. Fellow Brit Callum Smith is the 6/5 favourite to win the tournament outright, whilst Groves is a 5/2 second, closely followed by Eubank Jr at 11/4 in third. Submit Sharelast_img read more

Bundesliga clubs secure betting and gaming sponsorships deals

first_img MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles It has been a busy close season for German football, with a trio of Bundesliga clubs all securing fresh sponsorships, or renewals, with a number of online sports betting and gaming firms.VfB Stuttgart is one such example having agreed a deal with sports betting providers Betano, who become a premier partner of the club, in a deal which will run until 2021.Announcing the deal George Daskalakis, Founder and Managing Director of Betano, stated: “We are delighted about the introduction of Betano onto the German market, which will be characterised by our cooperation with VfB Stuttgart. “In VfB, we have found a great, tradition-steeped German football club as a strong partner – and also one whose very positive reputation extends well beyond the borders of Germany. “Our partnership embodies the dynamics with which both parties operate and plays a part in our mutual goal of providing a unique experience for the fans both on, as well as away from, the pitch.”Hertha Berlin is the next German side featured, with a two-year renewal with Lotto Berlin agreed, which will provide the state lottery with stadium advertising campaigns, digital campaigns and joint fan-engagement activations.This deal follows an agreement with Yabo Sports, which sees the firm become the official and exclusive betting partner of the club in Asia, for the upcoming season.Sunny Xu, Chief Executive Officer at Yabo Sports says: “Yabo Sports is proud to become Hertha BSC’s exclusive betting partner in Asia, with the aim to enhance brand value and regional influence together with the club. We appreciate Lagardère Sports’ facilitation and professionalism in bringing Yabo Sports and Hertha BSC together. “Looking ahead, we will devote ourselves to provide users with more quality sports games in the region, as well as more exciting Hertha BSC content in partnership with the club.”Finally is a renewal for Eintracht Frankfurt, which sees Lotto Hessen, who has been working with the club since the 2013/14 season, secure its premier partnership for a further three years. Share Submit StumbleUpon Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Inspired to bring virtual sports content to Italy with SISAL deal

first_img Triennial cut impacts Inspired performance March 12, 2020 StumbleUpon BGC members to donate virtual grand national profits to NHS charity April 1, 2020 Share Inspired Entertainment has announced the launch of new virtual sports content with italian operator SISAL.  Inspired Virtual Football Matchday is now live and featured on a dedicated channel across 480 of SISAL’s Italian retail estates. This launch makes Inspired the sole provider of virtual football content for the leading Italian operator.Exclusively designed for Italy, Football Matchday offers an exciting live league format with eight fixtures in state-of-the-art graphics. The product also includes a ‘picture in picture’ window showing goals from non-featured matches ensuring that customers don’t miss any of the action.Football Matchday will feature alongside a live league table designed to further enrich the player experience.“I’m delighted to announce the launch of this new content with our valued Italian partner, SISAL. Matchday Light has consistently been one of our best performing products in Italy and we’re excited to be bringing it to SISAL venues for their customers to experience,” said Steve Rogers, Chief Commercial Officer for Digital Games at Inspired.  “Inspired remains committed to the ongoing development of its Virtual Sports business in Italy, and this latest launch with SISAL will no doubt contribute to its continuing success.”The deal comes less than three months after Inspired announced a major restructure to its senior executive leadership team, confirming the departure of Luke Alvarez as Group Chief Executive Officer. Submit Share AgiproNews Italian View – Retail lockdown sees betting face months of trauma March 17, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

12BET to sponsor YONEX All England Badminton Championships

first_img Stamford Bridge to host the inaugural five-a-side SBC Global Championship May 15, 2018 12Bet strengthens ITTF partnership February 27, 2019 12Bet backs UK Taekwondo development sponsoring Manchester World Championships February 12, 2019 Share Badminton England, the national governing body for badminton, has announced a new partnership with 12BET, which sees the global online betting brand become the official betting partner of the YONEX All England Badminton Championships for the next three years.Now into its 109th year, and positioned as one of the Super 1000 events on the international World Tour, the prestigious annual Championships is the oldest and largest badminton tournament in the world, and sees the best players fight it out to join the YONEX All England’s legendary list of champions.The event attracts a passionate worldwide fanbase with over 31,000 fans filling Birmingham Arena each March and TV audiences topping 275 million people as the world class action is beamed extensively across the globe, including Europe and Asia.Adrian Christy, Badminton England’s Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted to welcome 12BET into badminton and to the YONEX All England Badminton Championships, one of the ‘must see’ events on the sporting calendar”.“We are constantly seeking partners who will not only enable us to further develop the Championship but who will bring greater fan engagement and experiences across our events and activities – I am really excited with some of the plans that 12BET have for our flagship event.”12BET spokesperson Rory Anderson said: “We are impressed by the huge reach of the YONEX All England Badminton Championships, especially in Asia which is a key market for 12BET. For this reason we are pleased to be able to sign a three year partnership agreement where we can promote our betting services to a large, engaged audience.”12BET will partner with Badminton England from the 2019 YONEX All England Badminton Championships, being held at Arena Birmingham from 6-10 March.The partnership between Badminton England and 12BET was arranged by Sport Collective, a UK-based sports marketing agency. StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articleslast_img read more

BHA warns of Brexit No Deal impacts on Racing infrastructure

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Submit Share UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Ross Hamilton – BHASpeaking on BBC Radio 5Live’s ‘Wake Up to Money Podcast’ (26 August 2018), Ross Hamilton, Corporate Affairs Manager for the British Horseracing Association (BHA), has warned that a No Deal Brexit could have a significant impact on UK racing’s operating structure.Of particular concern to the BHA, will be the ‘cross-country transportation of thoroughbreds’ currently conducted through the ‘Tripartite Agreement’ system in place for the UK, Ireland and France.“What is very important for horse racing and breeding stakeholders, is to be able to move thoroughbreds’ quickly, not just for economic purposes, but for animal welfare reasons too. At present, these processes are streamlined by the ‘Tripartite Agreement’ which has been in place since the 1960s” Hamilton details to the BBC.The BHA is concerned that a No Deal scenario may force the UK to depart the Tripartite Agreement, which has been written into EU laws and currently services circa ‘20,000 thoroughbred transportations per year’ between the UK and Ireland.BHA governance has stated to the UK government, that importance of remaining a Tripartite member, further outlining that the European directive carries the highest standard of animal welfare during transportations.Hamilton details that BHA governance has been engaging closely with DEFRA and DCMS departments, with regards to the implications of a No Deal Brexit, with stakeholders preferring to maintain ‘the status quo as far as possible after Brexit’.last_img read more

‘More needs to be done’ to future-proof the regulation of football betting, says Tracey Crouch

first_img Former Minister for Sport and Civil Society (DCMS), Tracey Crouch, has weighed in on the recent debate surrounding the streaming rights for FA Cup games, arguing that Parliament has a duty to implement future-proof regulation while also ‘allowing those who gamble responsibly the freedom to continue’.The Conservative MP expressed her opinion in Parliament’s magazine The House, addressing the ‘cross-party concern’ over the sale of media rights to betting operators.She wrote: “The specific story of a rights deal to stream the FA Cup via betting websites raised considerable cross-party concern, especially when one company, Bet365, made it conditional that you either had to open an account with a £5 deposit or place a bet to enable you to access the footage.“We have come a long way since the days when I often felt a lone voice talking about gambling and the risk of harm it brings. Now there are many confident voices on my side of the House joining those on the opposition benches to ensure that safeguards are in place for those whose betting habits change from responsible to harmful. I am not anti-gambling. Given I place bets myself, I would be a hypocrite if I was. I bet on horses, football, golf and politics mainly, but not very often.“One of the challenges that many face is that it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore or zone out from gambling because of its increasing normalisation into everyday life.”Earlier this week, the current Sports Minister Nigel Adams took part in ‘constructive discussions’ with the Football Association (FA) regarding the streaming rights, confirming that that no games will be streamed exclusively through gambling operators from this year’s fourth round.A report carried out by the Daily Mail had found that coverage of 23 of the 32 FA Cup third-round ties that took place last weekend were accessible via the bet365 website on the conditions that customers staked a bet or signed up for a new account with a £5 deposit.Crouch continued: “As a Conservative politician it is against my natural instinct to dictate that a sport or indeed a business in a sport shouldn’t do deals with gambling companies, but this is surely where responsibility must come in.“If there is a flagrant disregard of the impact that betting is having on your audience, whether that is young children at home, football-mad teenagers in their room or spectators in a ground, then maybe the government should take the decision for them. It is, after all, the state that picks up the cost of addiction.“A lot of work has been done by government, charities, the NHS and, to be fair, in some cases the industry to highlight the harms, expose bad practices and then improve safeguards. But so much more needs to be done.“The legislation is out of date given the advance of online gambling and I am delighted that the Government has committed to a review of the 2005 Gambling Act.“The FA/Bet365 issue was simply a reminder that things can slip through the cracks. Now that Parliament is more aware than ever before of the responsibility it has to future-proof regulation of the industry, I genuinely think we can do something brilliant that protects people from harmful risks while allowing those who gamble responsibly the freedom to continue.” Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon BGC dismisses ‘arbitrary’ deposit limits in SMF report August 5, 2020 Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more