Operational Rules

Section E15: Integrity in Sports Betting: a 10 point plan


The general principles underpinning the plan:

- To protect the integrity of betting on sport;

- To safeguard participants and consumers; and

- To develop relations with sporting regulators, betting operators, statutory organisations and Government Departments.



1 The RFL will seek to embody the principles underpinning this plan.

2 The RFL will include provisions in their rules and regulations governing the behaviours of their participants in relation to betting.

3 In the context of betting, the RFL will expect their participants to avoid any situation that may involve a conflict of interest with the sport and/or which may undermine the confidence of the public. Participants will not misuse privileged information.

4 The RFL will not avoid taking necessary action when they suspect, or are aware of betting activity which threatens the integrity of sport and objectives of this code of practice.

5 The RFL will co-operate with and, if appropriate, enter into information sharing agreements with the relevant statutory authorities in the context of sports betting (eg police, Customs, National Criminal Intelligence Service and the Gambling Commission.

6 Further to the commitment to share intelligence under point 5 above the RFL will take responsibility for proactively passing appropriate information or knowledge of corrupt practices (a match fixing scam, for example) to the relevant authorities (eg Police, HMRC).

7 Where bookmakers or betting operators seek to enter into information sharing agreements, the RFL will endeavour to work with them.

8 The RFL will share best practice in maintaining integrity in sports betting with other sporting authorities.

9 The RFL will seek to ensure that their participants co-operate fully with any investigation conducted by them and will expect them t provide full disclosure of information in relation to any such investigation.

10 The RFL will nominate a person or department with special responsibility for betting issues.