Europe – 236 suspicious betting alerts reported by IBIA in 2021By Phil - 26 January 2022
The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported 236 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during 2021, with 69 alerts in the fourth quarter (Q4).
The annual figure is a 13 per cent reduction on the 270 cases reported in 2020. The 2021 figure is consistent with recent years, with the average number of annual alerts at 240 during 2018-20. The 2021 alerts spanned 13 sports and 49 different countries, with tennis and football continuing to dominate. Europe also continued to provide the highest number of alerts with 50% of the annual total.
Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “Another challenging year for the sector has passed with the spectre of Covid and its impact on sporting events declining, and hopefully a potential endgame in sight. It is therefore welcomed that the alerts for 2021 showed a downward trend and a return to pre-Covid numbers. Challenges however persist, notably with the growth of private sports events and establishing integrity protocols to the levels seen in traditional sports bodies. The association is working with a number of stakeholders in this area to improve integrity provisions.
“Indeed, the dangers of betting corruption remain, and as the Optimum Betting Market report published last year highlighted, that equates to around $25m per annum in lost revenue for the regulated betting sector globally. It is therefore welcome that the requirement for operators to be part of an integrity monitoring system have gathered pace across the US, and have been endorsed in Sweden, to add to existing requirements in the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic. The approach in Ontario is particularly worthy of attention and is a best practice model. The association looks forward to working with a wider range of operators on integrity as a result.”
There were 80 tennis alerts, a decrease of 18 per cent on the 98 reported in 2020, 66 football alerts, an increase of eight per cent on 2021 and the highest annual number reported. There were 27 alerts on sporting events in Russia, the highest number for a single country in 2021
The alerts led to 11 successful sporting or criminal sanctions during 2021 from IBIA alerts. There are 10 alerts reported in North America, a 54 per cent decrease on the 22 reported in 2020
Over the five-year period 2017-21, IBIA reported 1,222 alerts across 19 sports and 101 countries.