Ukraine’s Denys Molchanov ended up being part of a match-fixing allegation at a tennis competition earlier this year.
Match fixing is amongst the biggest issues for activities fans, organizations and bookmakers alike, as nothing about sports could work without knowing that the competition has integrity.
That is why the European Sports Security Association (ESSA) has begun monitoring and reporting on suspicious betting patterns, providing understanding of exactly what tournaments are attracting the many unusual bets.
In the first such report that is quarterly ESSA discovered that it was tennis that triggered both the absolute most alerts and the many suspicious activity during the first three months of 2015.
A total of 27 alerts had been raised over unusual patterns that are betting tennis during those months, with 17 of them being deemed suspicious.
Tennis, Soccer Generate Bulk of Alerts
As a whole, there were 49 alerts raised during the quarter after unusual sizes or numbers of bets were made on individual activities. After tennis, soccer saw many suspicious activity, with 13 alerts raised and three fundamentally deemed to be suspicious.
‘Fundamentally, betting-related match-fixing is an attempt to defraud wagering operators and their customers by corrupting sports,’ said ESSA president Mike O’Kane. ‘It can be an issue that triggers economic and social damage and that requires international cross-sec Continue reading