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Match-fixing: what do we do to prevent it?

Match-fixing (or ‘competition manipulation’) involves the deliberate manipulation of the outcome or specific elements of sporting events, typically for sporting or financial motivation.

The Gambling Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) works closely with the betting industry, sport governing bodies and the police to understand potential threats and help protect the integrity of sport and betting.

The SBIU collect information and develop intelligence about potentially corrupt betting activity. Most of the reports we receive are related to sports betting, however we do occasionally receive alerts about novelty betting markets such as TV reality shows.

We gather information from multiple sources, such as:

  • reports from the betting industry about suspicious activity on betting markets
  • concerns from sport governing bodies
  • tip offs via the Commission’s confidential intelligence line.

The SBIU determines the most effective course of action on a case-by-case basis, as per our Betting Integrity Decision-Making Framework. This can lead to:

  • further investigations being carried out by the Commission or the police
  • information being passed to sports bodies to consider breaches of their rules and codes
  • engagement with international stakeholders where appropriate.

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