- Starlizard Integrity Services identifies 79 suspicious football matches played around the world in the first half of 2023
35% of suspected matches were held in three countries
21% related to the betting markets of only the first half
LONDON, Aug. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- New data from sports betting integrity specialists Starlizard Integrity Services (SIS) has identified 79 soccer matches played around the world between January 1 and April 30. June 2023 as "suspects". Of these, 16 Aug. (35%) - took place in only three countries, and one of them was responsible for 12 integrity alerts (15%).
Matches analyzed by SIS are classified as "suspicious" when they are found to have associated suspicious betting patterns that may be indicative of match-fixing. Although the level of suspicion will vary from party to party depending on the nature and amount of evidence discovered, all parties identified as suspicious are considered by SIS to merit further investigation.
The 79 matches considered "suspicious" in the first half of 2023 represent 0.48% of a total of 16,336 football matches analyzed by the SIS during the period. This figure contrasts with the 84 "suspicious" parties (0.45%) of a total of 18,845 parties analyzed in the same period of 2022.
The data for the first semester of SIS 2023 reveal that:
Affy Sheikh, Head of Starlizard Integrity Services, commented:
"These statistics show that suspicious betting and the specter of match-fixing continue to haunt football, and they are not going away. The fact that we have seen similar levels of suspicion over the past three years serves to underscore that concerted efforts are needed and increased collaboration between anti-corruption stakeholders to address this persistent problem in the beautiful game."
"The latest data also points to an increase in suspicious activity in more specialized markets, such as first-half betting. This highlights the variety of markets where match manipulation attempts can occur. Unfortunately, the increase in Integrity alerts coming from lower national leagues demonstrate once again the vulnerability of those involved in less-funded leagues and competitions, where constant vigilance and education are paramount."
About Starlizard Integrity Services
Starlizard Integrity Services (SIS) is the specialist integrity division of Starlizard, the London-based sports betting and data consultancy. Starlizard's detailed knowledge of sport and sports performance, as well as its active involvement in the betting markets, offers a unique perspective, allowing the company to know better than anyone in the world when the betting markets and sports competitions They are not correct. Starlizard has been producing independent integrity services for sports bodies and associations since 2010, and established SIS in 2017 as a dedicated resource to focus entirely on this work. Combining its in-depth understanding of how betting markets should behave with detailed analysis and investigation of on-pitch performance data, SIS is ideally placed to identify suspicious matches and betting patterns. For more information, visit the website at www.starlizardintegrity.com
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