Thai police to tackle illegal football betting during Euro 2024

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The Royal Thai Police is taking significant measures to combat illegal football betting ahead of the UEFA EURO 2024. The National Police Chief’s Office will establish prevention and suppression centres nationwide, urging strict enforcement against all forms of gambling.

A preparatory meeting chaired by the Assistant National Police Chief, Akharadej Phimonsri was held yesterday at the Royal Thai Police Headquarters. He announced that from tomorrow, June 14, to July 14, Euro 2024 will take place in Germany, with live broadcasts available globally.

Concerned about the potential rise in illegal betting, especially among students and young people, the National Police Chief’s Office has outlined several preventive and suppressive measures.

Akharadej emphasised that police units across the country, including the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Provincial Police Regions 1 to 9, Central Investigation Bureau, Tourist Police Bureau, Immigration Bureau, Technology Crime Suppression Division, and Border Patrol Police Bureau, will set up centres to combat illegal betting.

A designated commander or deputy commander will lead each centre, poised to officially open nationwide tomorrow.

Police officers, both in uniform and plain clothing, will be deployed to monitor entertainment venues and other locations broadcasting the matches. This step aims to prevent and rigorously investigate any illegal betting activities.

No loose ends

The Technology Crime Suppression Division will spearhead efforts to monitor and crack down on online gambling. Websites and Internet platforms advertising, promoting, or facilitating illegal betting will be investigated.

Should any illegal activities be detected, swift investigations and arrests will follow, and the relevant websites will be shut down promptly.

Collaboration among government agencies, private sectors, and the public will be key. An integrated approach will be adopted to gather tips and information on illegal gambling activities. Accessible reporting channels will be established for the public to report any suspicious activities.

Comprehensive investigations will target not only the direct perpetrators but also the supporters, financiers, and betting networks.

If the cases involve unlicensed gambling with a turnover of 5 million baht or more, they will be treated as predicate offences under the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1999. Strict enforcement of anti-money laundering measures will be applied in all such cases.

Public awareness campaigns will be launched to educate the populace on the dangers of gambling. Schools and parents will be urged to monitor and guide their children and students.

All police units will maintain close coordination. In case of significant arrests or high-profile cases, the centres will promptly report to their superiors and hold immediate press conferences, ensuring that the enforcement is effective and yields concrete results.

Akharadej expressed hope that the public will enjoy the Euro 2024 tournament responsibly without falling prey to gambling. He assured that police officers are dedicated to ensuring public safety and understanding, reported KhaoSod.

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