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Lifetime Ban And $200,000 Fine For Joao Olavo Soares De Souza After Conviction On Match-fixing Charges

George Miller

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Tennis Integrity Unit Briefing Note: January – March 2020
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31-year old Brazilian currently ranked 742 in ATP singles has been Provisionally Suspended from professional tennis since March 2019

Brazilian tennis player Joao Olavo Soares de Souza has received a lifetime ban together with a fine of $200,000 after being convicted of multiple match-fixing and associated corruption offences.

A Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation established that between 2015 and 2019 the player committed numerous breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). These included repeated incidents of match-fixing at ATP Challenger and ITF Futures tournaments held in Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Czech Republic.

In addition to match-fixing offences, the player was also found to have:

  • failed to report corrupt approaches
  • failed to fully co-operate with the TIU, including destroying evidence
  • solicited other players to not use best efforts

The case against Mr Souza was considered by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard H. McLaren at a disciplinary Hearing held in London on 14 January 2020.

Prof McLaren’s decision to impose a lifetime ban means that with effect from 24 January 2020 the player is permanently ineligible to compete in or attend any sanctioned event organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport.

In March 2019, and prior to being charged with corruption offences, Mr Souza had been Provisionally Suspended from professional tennis, pending completion of the TIU investigation and case against him.

The 31-year old is currently ranked 742 in ATP singles, with a career-high of 69 reached in April 2015. As a doubles player his highest ranking was 70, achieved in January 2013.

The breaches of the TACP he has been found guilty of are as follows:

Section D.1.d. No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.

Section D.1.e. No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her best efforts in any Event.

Section D.1.f. No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or accept any money, benefit or Consideration with the intention of negatively influencing a Player’s best efforts in any Event.

Section D.2.a.i. In the event any Player is approached by any person who offers or provides any type of money, benefit or Consideration to a Player to (i) influence the outcome or any other aspect of any Event, or (ii) provide Inside Information, it shall be the Player’s obligation to report such incident to the TIU as soon as possible.

 Section F.2.b.   All Covered Persons must co-operate fully with investigations conducted by the TIU including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. No Covered Person shall (i)tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence or other information related to any Corruption Offense or (ii) solicit or facilitate any other person to tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence or other information related to any Corruption Offense.

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to betting-related corruption in professional tennis.

 

Source: tennisintegrityunit.com

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Compliance Updates

EA Advertises FIFA 21 Microtransactions in Kids’ Magazine

Niji Narayan

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EA Advertises FIFA 21 Microtransactions in Kids’ Magazine
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EA has featured an ad for its FIFA Ultimate Team mode in a kids’ magazine.

The magazine, sold in the UK, has a page on the Ultimate Team mode for the upcoming football game FIFA 21. The page is all about the game but the steps mentioned for the mode is what has caught the attention of parents in the UK and other parts of the world. The second step mentions the use of FIFA Points, which can only be obtained by spending real money.

FIFA Points have been in the game for years but parents are not happy that something like this is being advertised in a toy magazine. People on social media are so upset about the advertisement that they have called for a boycott on the upcoming game.

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VIXIO GamblingCompliance announces 2020 Global Regulatory Awards shortlist

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VIXIO GamblingCompliance announces 2020 Global Regulatory Awards shortlist

Today, VIXIO GamblingCompliance unveiled the shortlist for their Global Regulatory Awards (GRA).  Now in their fourth year, the VIXIO GRAs recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, teams and businesses who have excelled in the field of compliance, corporate social responsibility and responsible gambling over the course of the year.

This year’s shortlist showcases a host of progressive businesses, all who have demonstrated their ability to adapt to an increasingly complex regulatory environment, to innovate, and embrace safer gambling.

Mike Woolfrey, CEO, VIXIO, said “This year has been one of the most competitive years yet, with the judges having to consider hundreds of entries to shortlist finalists across 18 categories. Every year the standard gets higher as the industry moves to an ever-greater culture of compliance. Our judging process is extremely rigorous and the awards are hotly contested, so being shortlisted is a highly significant achievement. Whilst this year we are disappointed we won’t be able to host our black-tie gala dinner, we are looking forward to announcing the winners at our virtual event, which everyone can join to celebrate the industry’s achievements”.

Robert Chvatal, CEO, SAZKA Group, said: “Congratulations to all those shortlisted. The operational excellence, innovation and commitment to drive up standards demonstrated by those shortlisted is a really positive sign for the future of the industry. We are delighted to be partnering with VIXIO GamblingCompliance on these hugely important awards and we look forward to seeing who emerges as winners on 29 October”

Due to on-going safety concerns around COVID-19, this year’s presentation of the 2020 VIXIO Global Regulatory Award winners will take place via an online live stream, broadcast globally on 29, October at 16:00 GMT.  To find out more, including how to register, go to: gamblingcomplianceawards.com

Award for Commitment to Compliance by An Affiliate Company

  • AskGamblers

  • Better Collective

  • Bojoko

  • Gambling.com Group

  • iBet Directory

  • Little Star Media

Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Responsible Gambling

  • Amina Norgosanow, Videslots

  • David Caruana, Kindred Group

  • Jon Duffy, Genting Casino UK

  • Stefania Colombo, IGT

Best Regulatory Lawyer or Law Firm of the Year

  • CMS

  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Herzog Fox & Neeman

  • Mishcon de Reya Betting & Gaming Group

  • Pinsent Masons LLP

  • Tommaso di Chio, Kambi

  • WH Partners

Best Regulatory Lawyer or Law Firm of the Year

  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Paul Hasting LLP

Chief Compliance Officer of the Year

  • Jon Duffy, Genting Casinos UK

  • Ori Monheit, Skywind Group

  • Sissel Weitzhandler, Play’n GO

  • Yurri Shevchuk, Parimatch

Chief Executive Officer of the Year

  • David Briggs, GeoComply

  • Giovanni Garrisi, Stanleybet Group

  • Phil Horne, Scientific Games UK

  • Sergey Portnov, Parimatch

Compliance Innovator or Innovation of the Year

  • BetConstruct

  • Gamalyze, Mindway AI

  • Genesis Global Limited

  • Location Validator App, GeoGuard

  • GiG Comply

  • Stoiximan / Betano Group

Compliance Officer of the Year

  • Adam Torres, San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission

  • Emma O’Neil, Sky Betting & Gaming

  • Ewout Wierda, VideoSlots

  • Jennifer Aguiar, DraftKings

  • Keith Caruana, Play’n GO

  • Mark Halstead, iSoftBet

Compliance Outstanding Achievement Award

  • iSoftBet

  • Kindred Group

  • Paysafe Group

  • Skywind Group

Award for Commitment to Compliance by An Affiliate Company

  • IGT Compliance Team

  • iSoftBet Compliance Team

  • NOVOMATIC AG Compliance Team

  • Paysafe Group Compliance Team

  • People’s Postcode Lottery Compliance Team

  • Play’n GO Compliance Team

  • Playtech Compliance Team

  • Sky Betting and Gaming Compliance Team

Head of AML/MLRO or AML Team of the Year

  • Anti-Fraud Legal and Compliance Team, Estoril Sol Digital

  • AML Team, Genting Casinos UK

  • Group Compliance Team, Paysafe Group

  • Jonathan Galea, VideoSlots

Head of Regulatory Affairs/Government Relations

  • Jon Duffy, Genting Casinos UK

  • Kimberley Broad, Microgaming

  • Lindsay Slader, GeoComply

  • Malcolm Fleming, People’s Postcode Lottery

  • Martin Lycka, GVC Group

  • Pablo Espuela, Luckia Games

  • Sabine Stoppel, NOVOMATIC AG

In-House Counsel/Legal Team of the Year

  • Andrei Andronic, Playson

  • GVC Group Legal Team

  • Nicole Metzgar-Schall, Sportradar

  • NOVOMATIC AG Legal Team

  • Riva Richard, Pollard Banknote Limited

  • Skywind Group Legal Team

  • William Hill Group Legal Team

In-House Counsel/Legal Team of the Year

  • ECOMMPAY

  • Passport Technology

  • Paysafe Group

  • LexisNexis Risk Solutions

  • Trustly

  • Worldpay

RegTech Provider of the Year

  • GeoComply

  • IDnow

  • iovation

  • SBTech

  • Trulioo

  • w2 Global Data

Responsible Approach to Advertising Award

  • 32 Red / Kindred Group

  • Catena Media

  • NetBet Enterprises

  • Stoiximan / Betano Group

  • William Hill

Rising Star Award

  • Denisa Bialá, Play’n GO

  • Erica Okerberg, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Esther Scheepers, Kindred Group

  • Hayley Doherty, Sky Betting & Gaming

  • Joonas Karhu, Bojoko

  • Melissa Shuba, BMM Testlabs

  • Zlatan Omerspahić, Nsoft

Compliance Lifetime Achievement Special Award

  • To be announced

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Rightlander joins forces with Trustly and Footstock

George Miller

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Rightlander joins forces with Trustly and Footstock
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  • Supplier to help tier one operators improve affiliate compliance

Rightlander, the ground-breaking compliance platform has signed deals with Trustly and Footstock to help both providers improve affiliate compliance and boost their responsible gambling measures.

Rightlander.com will offer its technology which encompasses a comprehensive range of affiliate compliance tools which include the Automated Compliance Monitor, a PPC Monitor and a Proactive Affiliate Finder.

The Automated Compliance Monitor helps detect non-compliant content across geographies including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, and the United States. The monitor flags potential violations such as missing terms and conditions, outdated offers, incorrect marketing assets allowing both Trustly and Footstock partners to remain compliant in different jurisdictions.

The Proactive Affiliate Finder scans millions of web pages every month to identify new and prominent sites and the innovative PPC Monitor identifies harmful ads to stop them from appearing on an operator’s branded keywords.

Vasilije Lekovic, Director of Gaming at Trustly said: “At Trustly, we take responsible gambling very seriously, and it’s great to have a trusted partner like Rightlander that can help us promote it.”

James Copeland, Chief Marketing Officer at Footstock commented “Rightlander are a key component in our ongoing endeavour to ensure Footstock and our growing affiliate network take responsible gambling as seriously as possible. We’ve already benefited from their great software and customer service.”

Nicole Mitton, Head of Customer Success at Rightlander.com, said: “The Rightlander platform makes this processes easy and efficient, and ensures operators and suppliers can be confident that the affiliates they are working with are fully compliant with the rules and regulations they must adhere to.

We are delighted to have joined forces with Trustly and Footstock to help them improve their affiliate compliance initiatives.”

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