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Sep
18

The Sporting Scandals of the Season

It is in the dog days of summer that the dirty deeds get done. A good habit for European and North American investigative journalists is to check government press releases at the beginning of the July 1st/4th weekend and the Friday before the Christmas Holidays. For it is then, when most people are rushing out … Continue reading The Sporting Scandals of the Season

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Jun
14

Why the Match Fixers are at the World Cup in Russia

The hot tub of World Cup match-fixing This article first appeared on playthegame.org Potential corruption and match-fixing at the World Cup is aided by corrupt national football association officials, . FIFA’s ‘often odd’ attitude towards these officials protects the fixers at the World Cup. Uncle Frankie, the match-fixer, sat in the hot tub with players … Continue reading Why the Match Fixers are at the World Cup in Russia

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May
14

The Pearl Harbor of U.S. Sports Gambling: 7 points on the Supreme Court Decision

There are certain days and events in history where everything changes. One day is ‘before’ – then the event happens and everything is changed ‘after’ that moment.  You can choose your personal moment in history: September 11th, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Pearl Harbor, Black Tuesday and the Great Depression, the Assassination of Archduke … Continue reading The Pearl Harbor of U.S. Sports Gambling: 7 points on the Supreme Court Decision

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Apr
25

“You’re Going to Lose, Why Don’t You Lose with Money in Your Pocket?” Five Points About the Tennis Match-Fixing Report

Today, April 25 – the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis Interim Report came out in London. It cost over £15 million pounds  to complete. Five points: 1. Good job. This was independent and it accurately pointed out something that the sport has hated to admit: Tanking – deliberate under performance has long been part … Continue reading “You’re Going to Lose, Why Don’t You Lose with Money in Your Pocket?” Five Points About the Tennis Match-Fixing Report

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Mar
9

Poor, Old Qatar: labour conditions and the compromised fight against match-fixing

The timing could not be better. Just as the sporting world endures another hot-air session a.k.a. an international conference on match-fixing sponsored by the Qatar 2022 World Cup Committee, out comes a new report on labour conditions in Qatar and the building of the World Cup infrastructure and stadiums. The report,  by the external company charged by … Continue reading Poor, Old Qatar: labour conditions and the compromised fight against match-fixing

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Feb
14

The Grey Market of Match-Fixing in European Football

Its about the grey market – il sistema – of points buying or match-fixing. This is the unspoken of secret that lurks at the heart of many European football leagues. If you have seen the announcement by the Spanish authorities of their request for a ban and jail some 41 of their top footballers, you … Continue reading The Grey Market of Match-Fixing in European Football

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Feb
6

The Russian Olympic Doping File

It is a slow-moving disaster than penalizes clean athletes and rewards a dirty system. Welcome to the Russian state sponsored doping saga, episode number 58. ** Here is some context. For those readers who do not follow the fast, exciting world of winter sports in the Virgin Islands – the beach training is intense and … Continue reading The Russian Olympic Doping File

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Jan
24

Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way

After reading – Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way – you feel dirty. It is like bathing in a pool of scummy water for hours, but is nonetheless a fascinating story from a former insider of the FIFA world. Bonita Mersiades was a senior executive in the Football Federation of Australia … Continue reading Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way

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Jan
8

FIFA Corruption: “Friends in the media”

The FIFA Corruption trial in Brooklyn is over now comes the question who really broke the story of high-level bribery and corruption in international soccer? Clue – it was not the sport journalists.  “The ladies and gentlemen of the press came a great deal cheaper than an Olympic Committee member. If their              potential accreditation to … Continue reading FIFA Corruption: “Friends in the media”

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Dec
5

Suspicious Games in the Champions League & the Great Olympic Scandal

Interesting week in international sports. Lets start with the Champions League where once again we have a ‘choke-point’ where games are regularly fixed. Here is the scenario.  You are a UEFA investigator. The rest of the world thinks that you have unlimited resources and money coming out of your elbows. You know that if you’re … Continue reading Suspicious Games in the Champions League & the Great Olympic Scandal

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