The UK National Health Service (NHS) has demanded urgent action from the gambling industry to cut gambling addiction.

The NHS’s demand may be “suggestive of a coordinated campaign to position gambling as the ‘new tobacco’ – an activity that is inherently harmful,” says Francesca Leyland of gambling consultancy Regulus Partners.

The UK Gambling Commission has confirmed that it will create three new collaboration groups focusing on game and product design, advertising technology, and high value customer incentives, in order to help facilitate the implementation of safer gambling standards.

Six online gambling operators offering buy-in options on their slot games have now removed the features from their sites, after being contacted by the UK Gambling Commission.

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), the sport’s anti-corruption body, has revealed it received 138 reports over suspicious match activity in 2019, the lowest annual amount since its integrity data was first made public in 2015.

However, a total of 24 football matches in Lithuania were suspected of having been affected by match-fixing in 2019, according to the Lithuanian Football Federation.

FIFA, world football’s governing body, has announced the launch of an enhanced integrity toolkit.

Ukraine’s legislature has approved a bill that would legalize gambling in the country in its first reading, with 260 of the country’s 450 deputies voting in favor.