The National Police of Spain will investigate any allegations of betting fraud or manipulation in sports competitions that may have been detected by the gambling regulator.
The Spanish gambling regulator, General Directorate of Gambling Regulation (DGOJ), detected possible match-fixing through its Global Betting Market Research Service unit (SIGMA).
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has signed an agreement to conduct a criminal investigation on the possibility of match-fixing with the General Directorate of the Police. This division of the Ministry of the Interior is responsible for the National Police of the country.
The agreement will allow the National Police to access the SIGMA data base and investigate the alerts generated by the system during sports events and bets.
Spain launches body to fight match-fixing
SIGMA was launched through Spain’s October 2022 overhaul to the country’s gambling laws. It is an organisation that allows organisations registered to its network to collaborate to mitigate match-fixing, fraud and the misuse of personal data.
The network currently includes entities that are involved in professional sports in Spain, including the National Sports Council (CNP), sports federations and professional leagues, as well as licensed gaming operators. The DGOJ manages the organisation.
To monitor the progress of this initiative, DGOJ and DGP will create a “Monitoring Commission”. The DGOJ and the DGP will create a “Monitoring Commission” to monitor the progress of this initiative.
The agreement is valid for four years and ensures that the data shared by both organisations remains confidential.