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PPF programme funded by Bet365, Ladbrokes and Betfair

Bookmakers Bet365, Ladbrokes and Betfair are to fund a Professional Players Federation (PPF) education programme designed to help stamp out corruption and match-fixing among athletes.

The BBC reports that the PPF, an umbrella organisation that represents eleven sports bodies and over 15,600 athletes in the UK, will teach some 7,500 sportsmen and women about gambling integrity.

Hugh Robertson MP, sports minister, said the move would ‘help safeguard sport from cheats’.

He added: “Educating players on betting integrity is a vital tool in the fight against corruption.”

This is the second deal between the PPF and the betting industry with an earlier programme having delivered face-to-face education to 5,620 athletes in addition to establishing an e-learning programme.

Brendan Batson, PPF chairman, added: “Over the next three years we will expand the programme to reach more sports, find new ways to keep the messages fresh and continue to make sure that British sportsmen are some of the best educated in the world about the dangers of match-fixing.”