Football under threat as betting monitoring system reports upsurge in match-fixing

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October 14 – Sportradar reports that its match-fixing detection system has revealed 1,100 suspicious matches in the past 18 months, including 655 in the first nine months of 2021.

What is worrying for football is that Sportradar claim that of the 655 suspicious games detected this year, more than 500 are in the game.

Sportradar monitors suspicious activity in the betting markets through its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS), which tracks 12 different sports in more than 70 countries around the world. Sportradar partners more than 100 sports federations and leagues with its Sports Integrity Services division and now provides its UFDS betting monitoring service free of charge to sports federations, sports leagues and state authorities around the world.

Andreas Krannich, Managing Director of Integrity Services at Sportradar, said: “As our analysis shows, match-fixing is evolving, and those behind it are diversifying their approach, both in the sports and in the competitions that they are. target, and in the way they approach athletes. , such as the rise of digital approaches. To help solve this problem, Sportradar has made a significant investment to make it possible to offer the UFDS free of charge to global sports organizations and leagues. The reason is that we are committed to supporting the sustainability of global sports and using data and technology for good. “

Sportradar’s figures cover the pandemic which has seen many sports canceled, with match organizers then focusing on leagues, particularly in football, which either restart or manage to continue during the lockdown.

“About 40% of the suspicious activity reported in domestic football competitions comes from leagues at third level and below, including the youth level, as fixers turn their attention to lower level games,” Sportradar said.

Geographically, across all monitored sports, Sportradar’s figures have shifted to Europe with 382 suspicious matches detected so far this year, compared to 115 in Latin America, 74 in the Asia-Pacific region, 43 in Africa, 10 in the Middle East and new in North America. since early January 2021.

Esports has been a target for fixers with more than 70 suspicious matches detected since April of last year across five different game titles, with more than 40 of those suspicious matches identified since January of this year.

The figures for the other sports are: Tennis: 37 games; Basketball: 19; Table tennis: 11; Ice hockey: 9; Cricket: 6, while suspicious activity has also been identified in volleyball, handball and beach volleyball.

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