The trend of football and tennis dominating as the main sources of suspicious gambling warnings continued into 2021, according to the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).
Bet warnings for the two sports were 80 and 66 respectively, although in the case of tennis this was in fact an 18% drop from the 98 reported in 2020, indicating a “downtrend” for the IBIA. this sport.
178 tennis warnings were reported in 2018 and 101 the following year, indicating a long-term decline in tennis integrity problems, with warnings International Tennis Federation (ITF) decreases by 26% from 50 in 2020 to 37 in 2021.
On the other hand, the number of football cases rose 8% to 66, while last year’s figure was 61, the highest number the IBIA has recorded for the sport. In all, seven warnings came from Brazil – the largest number for football in a single country – while African football betting warnings rose from one in 2020 to nine last year.
However, the IBIA also showed that the number of bet warnings recorded in 2021 fell to 239, down 13% from the figure of 270 in 2020. This is part of a broader trend that has been consistent in recent years. , taking the average number of betting warnings annually at 240 between 2018 and 2020.
Khalid AliIBIA CEO, said: “Another challenging year has passed for the industry with the specter of COVID and its impact on sporting events, and hopefully a potential endgame is in sight. downward trend and a return to pre-COVID figures.
“Challenges remain, however, particularly with the growth of private sporting events and establishing integrity protocols at the level seen in traditional sporting organizations. The association is working with a number of stakeholders in this area to improve integrity provisions.”
Geographically, Europe still accounted for the largest number of integrity warnings with 188 – 50% of all cases were from the continent – and Russia accounted for the largest number of all other countries with 27.
Meanwhile, despite the rollout of sports betting across the region, warnings from North America fell to 10, a 54% drop from 22 reported in 2020, and warnings in the US fell 76%. 17 in 2020 to four.
In South America, eight warnings were related to football (Brazil – seven, Colombia – one), seven came for tennis (Brazil – two, Chile – two, Argentina – one and Bolivia – two), one for beach volleyball (Brazil), and one to futsal (Brazil).
Indeed, the dangers of gambling corruption remain, and as the Optimum Betting Market report published last year highlighted, that amounts to about $25 million a year in lost revenue for the regulated gambling industry worldwide,” Ali continued.
“It is therefore welcome that the requirement for operators to be part of an integrity monitoring system in the US has increased and has been approved in Sweden, in addition to the existing requirements in the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic.
“The Ontario approach in particular deserves attention and is a best practice model. The association looks forward to working on integrity with a wider range of operators as a result.”
In summary for 2021, the 239 reported warnings from the IBIA concerned 13 sports and 49 different countries, while in the five years between 2017 and 2021 1,222 warnings were reported in 19 sports and 101 countries.
That year, sporting or criminal sanctions were announced against 11 teams or players identified by the IBIA as being involved in suspicious matches, with the organization and its members helping to issue “significant sanctions,” such as life bans.