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UEFA signs agreement with ESSA to combat match

UEFA has signed an information-sharing agreement with the European Sports Security Association (ESSA) in an effort to combat match-fixing, European soccer's governing body announced on Monday.

According to the agreement, ESSA will support UEFA's effort to identify attempted fixing through their alert platform, which tracks and reports suspicious betting activity around the world.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said the fight against match-fixing, "a disease that attacks football's very core", is a main priority.

As part of its own zero-tolerance policy towards match-fixing, UEFA also operates a fraud detection system which looks into betting activities around 32,000 games in Europe each year.

UEFA's integrity officers in each national association liaise with local law enforcement agencies, and the governing body also works with European law enforcement agency EUROPOL.

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