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UEFA Slaps €50K Fine on Zlatan Ibrahimović for Bethard Stakes

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The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has fined mercurial Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović for €50,000 on his financial stakes in the Malta-based online betting company Bethard Group.

The Appeals Body of UEFA has examined the investigation report and pronounced the judgement on the penalty for violating ‘Article 12’ of European football’s ‘Disciplinary Regulations’.  The appeals body also ordered the player to immediately cut short his links with the betting company.

The investigation was launched last month following reports about Ibrahimović’s shares in Bethard, reportedly worth 10% of the total stakes.

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Altenar secures prestigious ISO 27001 certification

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Leading sportsbook and iGaming provider awarded highest certification for data protection and system security

 Altenar, the leading sportsbook and iGaming software provider has further flexed its credentials ahead of its planned expansion, following the acquisition of its ISO IEC 27001 certification for the operations behind its award-winning sportsbook and platform.

In order to gain its certification, Altenar’s internal processes were extensively tested against the strict assessment criteria, ensuring it met the 114 controls and 7 clauses required over a nine-month period.

Integral to going live across multiple global markets, the audits undertaken guarantee the company’s senior management, as well as all its operations and controls, are fully compliant with the data protection practices and procedures set in place by the International Organisation for Standardisation and the International Electrotechnical Commission.

An additional series of internal audits were also taken prior to the certification process, which as a result, highlight that, Altenar is able to demonstrate to partners that its global operations are held to the highest possible standards in terms of data protection and system security.

Commenting on the certification, Konrad Pizzuto Director of Technology Operations at Altenar, said: “We are delighted to have received our official ISO27001 certification, it truly is proof of all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes here at Altenar. The timing is ideal as it sets us up perfectly during a period where we are excited about continued growth and expansion.”

“We see this as the perfect endorsement of our tier one credentials, as it showcases our commitment to external audits of both our systems and processes, we are able to highlight our credentials as a forward-thinking supplier that is able to offer one of the best sportsbook platforms in the world.”

The latest announcement further establishes Altenar’s position as the supplier of choice for tier-one operators across global regulated markets, upholding the company’s ethos ‘stability meets flexibility’

Licensed across a total of 13 major global markets including the UKGC and MGA, Altenar has established itself as the sportsbook provider of choice for multiple leading operators.

 

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Evoplay ready to celebrate Italian market debut

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Game development studio Evoplay has continued with its rapid growth trajectory as it prepares to go live in Italy, allowing the popular studio to further enhance its foothold in Europe.

Evoplay’s imminent market entry follows regulatory approval from Italy’s regulator, Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM), after satisfying the requirements set out by the independent gaming certification lab, BMM Testlabs.

So far 62 games from the studio’s popular portfolio have been certified, with Italian players now ready to enjoy 52 highly immersive video slots and 10 entertainment-first instant games.

Italian operators will now gain access to some of Evoplay’s highest-performing European titles, including the studio’s Fruit Super Nova 100, Cycle of Luck, Gold of Sirens, Ellen’s Fortune and Temple of Dead.

With Italy being one of the industry’s most prominent markets, the access to the market will allow Evoplay to follow on from a successful 2021, which saw the company sign notable deals, win awards and deliver high quality content to partners across the globe.

Commenting on Evoplay’s Italy debut, Vladimir Malakchi, CCO at Evoplay, said: “In the last few years, we’ve grown at an exponential rate, becoming one of Europe’s fastest growing studios in the process. With this in mind, it’s fantastic to see more than sixty of our titles gaining certification in such a vibrant market like Italy.

“Italy remains an essential target market for us, with the jurisdiction reporting impressive growth in recent times, as online casino revenue hit a record high in March this year. We hope the certification will allow us to not only expand in Italy, but to establish ourselves across Europe as one of the continent’s leading studios.”

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Marina Bay Sands Earns Platinum Certification for its Commitment to Sustainable Events

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Marina Bay Sands has announced that it has received a platinum certification from the Events Industry Council (EIC) Sustainable Event Standards for Venues for its commitment to sustainable events and operations.

According to the press release, Marina Bay Sands continues to be the highest-rated venue outside the United States. In 2020, the IR became the first venue to be awarded Gold.

Factors like improving a comprehensive waste management plan, investing in energy saving initiatives, converting 98.5% of its fleet of vehicles at the Convention Centre and fostering a culture of sustainability amongst employees, contributed to the decision to certify the venue’s Platinum rating.

“Marina Bay Sands is honoured to have exceeded our previous Gold achievement with Platinum certification. As a responsible business operator, it is only natural for us to constantly seek new ways to reduce our environmental footprint and extend sustainable practices to event organisers,” Sridhar Kandhadai, senior vice president, property management of Marina Bay Sands, said.

“The recognition strengthens our resolve to become one of the most sustainable venues in the Asia Pacific, and we hope it sets the stage for organisers and delegates alike to create more purpose-driven events in the future,” Sridhar Kandhadai added.

“On behalf of the Events Industry Council, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Marina Bay Sands for achieving the Sustainable Event Standards for Venues Platinum certification. Sustainability is one of the most pressing issues for our global society,” Amy Calvert, CEO of the Events Industry Council, said.

“As an industry that has the ability to be a driver for meaningful change, we are delighted that organisations such as Marina Bay Sands are champions for action and are leading by example,” Amy Calvert added.

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