Category: Regulation

14 Aug 2019

Global Football 2019: the number of suspicious betting patterns has decreased from 397 to 377

Suspicious Betting Trends in Global Football 2019 Report released by Stats Perform Integrity and Starlizard Integrity Services.

Stats Perform Integrity and Starlizard Integrity Services released their second annual Suspicious Betting Trends in Global Football Report, completed in collaboration with TxOdds and aims to provide fellow stakeholders in the sports integrity community with a meaningful and informative overview of current trends in suspicious football betting.

The 2019 report was compiled with data from 62,250 football matches played in 2018, including domestic and international competitions across 115 countries and 6 continents. It compares the findings from the 2018 report and, once again, examines the geographical hotbeds of suspicious activity, breaks down suspicious matches by level and competition, and looks in detail at youth, international, friendly and women’s matches.

This year’s report is based on the review of nearly 14% more matches than in the previous year and uses the same methodology, the number of matches identified as having suspicious betting patterns has decreased from 397 to 377.

Youth matches continue to be an area of particular concern. Although this year’s report shows that the number of suspicious youth matches has declined from 62 matches seen in 2017 to 58 matches in 2018, they are still highly overrepresented in this year’s report: youth matches account for 5.6% of all matches analysed in this year’s report, but 15.4% of all suspicious matches identified.

Jake Marsh, Head of Integrity Stats Perform, said: “This report is intended to provide football and integrity stakeholders with a meaningful insight into matches with suspicious betting markets on a global scale. We believe that by shining a light on suspicious activity in a non-accusatory public forum we can elevate understanding of the latest trends and areas of concern to integrity stakeholders. The efforts of integrity stakeholders, sports governing bodies and law enforcement are amplified when working together towards a common goal. To this end, we share the results of our analysis with stakeholders on a non-commercial basis in order to assist their efforts in protecting the integrity of football.”

Affy Sheikh, Head of Starlizard Integrity Services, adds: “It is important that the football world remains diligent and alert to integrity threats at all levels of the game. In producing this report, a huge effort has been made and a vast amount of data analysed in order to provide sports and integrity stakeholders with detailed intelligence on suspicious betting patterns across many different competitions and countries.”

20 Jul 2019

IGBLive!: operators and experts, “In Italy a reform of the sector is needed”

Conference in Amsterdam at iGBLive! after a final stop to advertising

“Now we need a total reform of the gaming sector, perhaps from the government” to shed light on a sector where “much confusion” has been generated.
This is the invitation launched yesterday in Amsterdam from operators and games experts, just a few days after the final stop of gaming advertising in Italy, as provided for the dignity decree, strongly wanted by the Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio at the beginning of the legislature.
During the conference organized by Gioconews at the second edition of the “iGB Live!” sector fair, the operators asked again for transparency and regulation, following the ban on advertising, following a “brief, but highly articulated” regulation, as Francesco Gaziano, Cmo and Country Manager Italy of Sks365 explained. “The Government had announced with the Dignity decree a general reform of the sector, to be carried out by last February – the lawyer Rodolfo La Rosa, of BakerMcKenzie, pointed out – and even if nothing has been heard abour it, it is reasonable to expect that sooner or later this reform will actually be made. And who knows that it may not happen already in the coming months, perhaps even through the financial measures”.
“The scenario can still be changed – Alessio Crisantemi, director of Gioconews, explained -. However, we need to find suitable, sustainable and credible solutions. And, above all, change mentalities, with a view to greater responsibility. This, I believe, is the real challenge who the operators and the entire industry have to face”.