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Sportradar: Football’s match fixers enter the betting early

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The suspicious live betting activity from over 50% of the football matches identified by Sportradar between 2017 and 2019 emerged within the first 15 minutes, signifying a clear trend for match fixers to enter the betting markets early in the game. This was one of the headline findings revealed as part of #ProtectingGlobalSport – a social media campaign initiated by …

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UEFA plans ‘Lisbon Final Eight’ to conclude 2019/2020 Champions League 

UEFA is set to ratify plans to complete the 2019/2020 Champions League by hosting a ‘Final Eight’ tournament held over 12-days in Lisbon this August. Reuters International has reported that the proposal is UEFA’s preferred option for completing its flagship tournament, which will be voted on tomorrow by UEFA’s executive committee.  European football’s governing body is reported to have ‘reached …

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La Liga returns with bookmaker blackout 

La Liga football clubs will be forced to remove all betting related sponsorships and in-stadia promotional materials in accordance with the government’s COVID-19 ‘Social Shield’ decree emergency response.  The top flight of Spanish football will return on Thursday 12 June with the Seville derby (Sevilla FC vs Real Betis) restarting La Liga’s postponed schedule after an 11-week hiatus.  Despite easing …

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Liverpool FC in agency dispute over £15m BetVictor sponsorship

Liverpool FC has entered a legal dispute related to its £15 million training kit sponsorship with Gibraltar-based bookmaker BetVictor. Sports sponsorship agency Winlink has sued the Premier League leaders for a reported £1.1 million, stating that one of its senior executives had introduced club officials to the bookmaker. Winlink underlined that it was ‘heavily engaged over a number of years …

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Betgenius: Spare change… how will the increase to five subs affect football trading?

Betgenius Head of Trading Dmitri Agapov weighs up what the new International Football Association Board (IFAB) ruling allowing teams five substitutions means for sportsbook trading teams… When the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A get back underway, empty stadiums and socially distanced benches are not the only changes for fans and teams alike to get used to. Under a new …

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Betgenius: The sound of silence… What impact does an empty stadium have on trading?

As football leagues around the world prepare to return behind closed doors, Betgenius’ Head of Trading Dmitri Agapov assesses what a lack of fans means for both pre-match and live pricing. In normal times, tonight’s match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich at Signal Iduna Park would have harvested one of the best atmospheres in European football. Watching this top …

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MGA backs Swedish FA on football integrity 

Entering a data-sharing agreement, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) will collaborate with Sweden’s Football Association (SvFF) to combat match-fixing and maintain integrity standards. The SvFF has agreed to share syndicated match data with the MGA, as the governing  body seeks to enhance its integrity monitoring capacities in light of drastic marketplace changes following the re-regulation of the Swedish online gambling …

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SBC Digital Summit: “Simulation of complex events is normally the best answer” – Jonathan Smith

Delivering the Sports Betting Masterclass on day one of the SBC Digital Summit, Jonathan Smith – founder of Sports Book Training Services – showcased his methods of simulation of the Premier League season in an online tutorial. In the tutorial, which was taken from his online course for soccer odds compilers, Smith demonstrated how to build a simple league winner …

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Vanarama National moves towards immediate conclusion

Vanarama National League clubs have voted by a ‘clear majority’ to cancel all remaining fixtures for its three non-league divisions. In total 90 per cent of all National League clubs, across its three leagues, responded to the organisation’s proposal to end the playing season for all fixtures scheduled up to and including 25 April 2020. As a result, the National …

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EFL set to broadcast remaining games whilst behind closed doors

English Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry has emphasised in an open letter that plans are put in place to continue its Championship, League 1 and League 2 campaigns behind closed doors, with all remaining matches set to be aired either online or on TV. The plans will commence providing the government issues it is safe to do so, as the …

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