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Sportradar Report Found 1,329 Suspicious Matches in 2023

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Leading sports technology company Sportradar has published its annual integrity report titled ‘Betting Corruption and Match-fixing in 2023’. The report provides insights into match-fixing and suspicious sports betting activities in the year based on data collected from about 850,000 events.

In 2023, Sportradar identified 1,329 suspicious matches spanning 105 countries and 11 sports. This indicates a suspected manipulation rate of 0.21%, equating to one in 467 matches. No sport’s manipulation rate surpassed 1%, signifying that over 99% of monitored events showed no questionable activity. Of the 1,329 suspicious matches, 977, equivalent to 73%, were identified through AI. The figure marked a notable 123% rise compared to 2022.

Suspicious Betting in Asia Rise by 5.9%

Compared to the previous year, suspicious match activity increased by 5.9% in Europe and 25% in Asia. The reasons behind this include the overall expansion of the Asian gaming market, influenced by factors such as the post-COVID-19 growth rate of revenue in Macau.

The report predicts that in the future, Asia will maintain its status as the continent with the second-largest number of suspicious matches, citing established and prolonged instances of match-fixing across the region. In the LatAm gambling market, the report highlights a significant decrease in rates by 3.6%. This decline could be attributed to various factors, including the ongoing development of sports betting regulation, as approved by the Brazilian Senate in December.

Football Records Highest Suspicious Matches

Regarding the sports most affected by match-fixing in 2023, Football took the lead with 880 suspicious matches. Basketball followed with 205 reports, and table tennis had 70 reported events. 97.4% of suspicious matches equating to 1,295 were associated with men’s events, while the remaining 34 suspicious matches originated from women's sports.

Continued investment in the development of technology is key to detecting otherwise hard-to-find occurrences of match-fixing. In combination with access to account-level data, collaboration across the industry and human experts, we have a suite of powerful tools to help both prevent and detect risks to sports integrity. Further advancements in the fight against match-fixing will be possible as the AI models continue to learn.

Andreas KrannichSportradar EVP, Integrity, Rights Protection and Regulatory Services

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