World football’s governing body, FIFA, has set up its own body to safeguard against match-fixing and betting scams in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
FIFA’s ‘Early Warning System’ has been given its own offices at the organization’s Zurich HQ with the brief to: “prevent sports betting from having any negative impact on football matches and, at the same time, raise awareness of this problem throughout the entire football community.”
All football officials, players and agents are forbidden to be involved in betting or gambling connected with matches.
New UK Gambling Commission Chairperson Appointed
National Lottery commissioner Brian Pomeroy has been appointed as chairperson at the UK’s Gambling Commission replacing Peter Dean. Pomeroy will take up his new post in the new year. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has also announced that Peter Teague has been appointed as a commissioner and will take up his post on 1 September, when the UK’s Gambling Act formally comes into force.
James Purnell, culture minister, said: “The Gambling Commission is a tough new regulator with stringent powers that allow them to take decisive action against operators who fail to meet the high standards required by the Act.”
Purnell also lauded Dean’s efforts in “guiding the Togel Hongkong Commission through implementation of the Gambling Act with great conviction, making it an effective regulator that it is today”.
Pomeroy added: “My priority will be to make sure that the gambling industry meets the tough new standards required by the Act. In doing so, the Commission should not hesitate to use its array of new powers and sanctions to ensure that gambling remains fair and crime-free and that proper protections for children and vulnerable adults are in place.”
NETeller Releases $70 Million to US Customers
NETeller customers from the US have begun accessing funds from their accounts, withdrawing a total of $70 million so far, after months of legal wrangling with the beleaguered online casino gambling payment processor.
Last month, NETeller reached an agreement with the US Attorney’s Office to give customers access to their accounts after as many as 250,000 accounts with positive balances had been frozen since January. The move followed an investigation into the company on charges ranging from money laundering to racketeering.
The world-renowned e-wallet, popular with those in the online gambling industry, still maintains operations in 160 countries and is contemplating another foray into the US market in non gambling sectors according to company spokesman Andrew Gilchrist.