News 13th July 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 13 July 2020

• A total of 269 suspicious alerts were reported to members of the Global Lotteries Monitoring System (GLMS) during the first half of 2020, the body’s Mid Term Report reveals. The vast majority involved football (197 or 73% of the total). Of the total, 199 were reported to members before a sporting event took place, 62 after an event took place, and eight in play (whilst a match was taking place). GLMS also reported a significant number of ‘ghost games’ during the postponement of sporting events due to Covid-19. A ‘ghost game’ involves a fictional sporting event with a fictional result, and is often cheaper to arrange as it may only involve paying off the data scouts recording sporting results for betting companies.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an appeal by Brazilian club Santos, which sought €61.3 million in damages from FC Barcelona over the 2013 transfer of Neymar Jr. to the Spanish club. ‘The CAS considers that the contract between Santos and the player was ended by mutual agreement, that FC Barcelona did not infringe any transfer agreement when it paid additional amounts to the father of the player and to the N&N company and that FC Barcelona did not behave in a fraudulent manner when it signed a pre-contract with Neymar Jr nor when it signed a transfer agreement with Santos’, read a statement from FC Barcelona.

• Privately organised tennis tournaments organised between April and June during lockdown generated 24 suspicious match alerts, reported the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU). ‘In addition to the 24 Level 1 reports, one match played at a WTA [Women’s Tennis Association] $125k tournament in 2019 has been retrospectively classified as a match alert, following review by the TIU’, read a statement.

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