Suspicions of match-fixing have been raised in 1,100 cases since the start of the pandemic | sport
Potential match-fixing has been detected in more than 1,100 sports matches since April 2020, according to a study by a global sports technology company.
Sportradar Integrity Services, a partner of more than 100 sports federations and leagues, used its betting monitoring system, the Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS), to detect suspicious activity in 12 sports in more than 70 countries. The results date back to the start of the pandemic, with 655 of the matches detected in the first nine months of 2021.
Football is the sport most exposed to betting corruption, according to Sportradar figures. UFDS technology has reported 500 suspicious football matches this year. Almost 40% of those matches reported in domestic competitions were found in third tier leagues and below, with youth football also being targeted by match-setters.
The growing popularity of esports has also made it an increasingly popular target. More than 70 suspicious matches on five different game titles have been detected by the UFDS since April 2020. More than 40 of them were detected in 2021.
UFDS also detected suspicious activity in 37 tennis matches, 19 basketball matches, 11 table tennis matches, nine ice hockey matches and six cricket matches. Volleyball, handball and beach volleyball have also been reported as problem areas.
Europe has been the region hardest hit by corruption, with 382 suspicious matches detected this year. Latin America had 115 games, Asia-Pacific 74, Africa 43, Middle East 10 and North America nine.
Sportadar released its findings as it begins providing UFDS free of charge to sports authorities around the world in an effort to protect sports integrity.
Andreas Krannich, Managing Director of Integrity Services at Sportradar, said: “As our analysis shows, match-fixing is evolving and those behind are diversifying their approach, both in the sports and in the competitions they are targeting. , 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 enable the UFDS to be offered 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. “