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

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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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UKGC Temporarily Suspends Operating License of Matchbook

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The UK Gambling Commission has temporarily suspended the operating license of Sports betting exchange operator Matchbook.

Matchbook’s UK customers reported receiving emails informing them that the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) had “taken the decision to temporarily suspend the operating license of Triplebet Ltd (Matchbook). As a result from 23:59 on 17 February 2020 we will be briefly closed for all betting and casino activity in the United Kingdom.”

Matchbook said it has been in “regular contact” with the UKGC and had “agreed a path forward where it will deliver on a number of conditions.”

Matchbook promised to “be back soon” and assured its UK customers that they would retain access to their online accounts for fund withdrawals and the site would “continue to settle all open positions.”

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Flutter–Stars Group Deal Gets Approval from Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

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Flutter Entertainment has received informal approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for its proposed combination with The Stars Group (TSG).

The approval from ACCC is seen as a milestone in the group’s attempts to merge with Flutter to create what is expected to be one of the world’s biggest betting businesses.

But the company said the proposed deal remains subject to approval by the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board, as well as further international regulatory bodies.

The deal was first announced in October and the combined group will serve customers in more than 100 countries.

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Iforium awarded ISO 27001 certification

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Industry’s leading aggregator awarded gold standard for data protection and system security

Iforium, the global casino aggregation platform provider, has further established its tier one credentials following ISO IEC 27001 certification for the operations behind its award-winning Gameflex platform.

To receive its certification, Iforium’s internal processes were rigorously tested against the Standard’s strict assessment criteria, ensuring it met the 114 controls and 7 clauses required over a nine-month period.

With a series of internal audits undertaken prior to the certification process, the standard ensures that Iforium’s senior management, as well as all its operations and controls, are fully compliant with the data protection practices and procedures set by the International Organisation for Standardisation and the International Electrotechnical Commission.

As a result, Iforium can demonstrate to its tier one operator partners that its global operations are undertaken with the highest certification available for data protection and system security.

The aggregator will also be able to significantly expand the reach of its Gameflex platform across an even greater range of markets, with regulators such as the Swiss Federal Gaming Board requiring full ISO 27001 compliance prior to entry.

Commenting on its certification, Andrew Cairns, COO at Iforium said:

“We are delighted to be awarded ISO 27001 certification for the operations behind the industry’s largest and most popular aggregation platform. We see this as the perfect endorsement to Iforium’s commitment to the security of its systems and client data reflecting the hard work and dedication by the entire Iforium team in this area.

“By committing ourselves to external audits of both our systems and processes, we are able to highlight our credentials as a forward-thinking supplier, as well as setting the highest standards of compliance we believe all aggregators should adhere to.”

Already the recipient of multiple industry awards, Iforium’s Gameflex combines over 10,000 games from more than 100 gaming vendors and is available to multi-channel operators and suppliers via a single API integration.

Powered by cutting-edge data, operators are also able to create real-time tournaments, missions, achievements and insights from any game and any game provider.

The ISO 27001 certification follows an outstanding year for the industry’s leading aggregator, which saw it expand its regulated European presence, entering the Latam and US markets for the first time following Gameflex platform integration agreements with tier one operators in both Mexico and New Jersey.

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