– The Chinese authorities announced that they have opened an investigation with the former men’s national soccer coach, who is suspected of “serious violations of the law.” Since taking office a decade ago, the Chinese president has waged a massive campaign against official corruption, which critics allege also serves as a tool to exclude political rivals. He identified himself as a football fan and stated that one day China would like to host and win the World Cup. But as Beijing was forced to abandon plans to host major sporting events such as the Asian Cup due to strict Covid-19 regulations, that enthusiasm has waned.
The Sri Lankan Cricket Board announced on Wednesday that it had requested an investigation into allegations of match-fixing related to Pakistan’s tour of the country in July. The action was taken after an opposition lawmaker in parliament claimed that the two-match Test series, which ended in a 1–1 draw, had been fixed. The council requested that the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption chief visit Sri Lanka. He considered the accusation, which he alleged had “serious harm to reputation”.
Judgments / penalties
Four people were arrested on Tuesday for defrauding the Polish Football Association (PZPN) of at least 1 million zlotys ($217,732.10), according to Poland’s Central Office for Anti-Corruption. Among those detained are a member of the PZPN board of directors, a former general secretary of PZPN, and two others who were shareholders and executives of the company.
Riot Games has proven once again that League of Legends is only susceptible to repercussions and change when the big names or the pros do it. This time, match-fixing is on the agenda. Twelve players were found guilty of violating the TCL Rules Manual after an investigation involving fourteen players resulted in them being punished.
Over the past week, Hong Kong police have arrested seven social media influencers for allegedly promoting illegal online gambling sites that accept bets on FIFA World Cup matches. According to a press conference held by the Chief Inspector of the Southern New Territories Provincial Crime Unit, the police conducted a week-long anti-illegal gambling operation last Monday, searching various locations in Mong Kok, Tsuen Wan, and Tseong Kwan O. The police seized seven mobile phones, a tablet computer and a laptop computer during the operation.
– During the Qatar World Cup, Thais are expected to bet up to $1.6 billion on soccer matches; Although Thailand did not qualify for the tournament. A small crowd gathers at a hut in Bangkok’s market every 15 minutes to watch the numbers being drawn. The anticipation in each Ping Pong Lotto draw is palpable, but the suspense is always fleeting.
– Vietnamese police have busted a $1.2 billion online betting ring, according to state media and an official, as the government cracks down on illegal gambling during the World Cup. In South Vietnam, 12 people were arrested. Although online gambling remains illegal, profitable illegal operations have proliferated, leading to a crackdown during the World Cup and ahead of the traditional Lunar New Year festival.
Odds and ends
The Council of Europe’s Network of Judges/Prosecutors Responsible for Sport (MARS) held its first meeting on November 25, 2022 in Strasbourg, France. This event marks the official founding of a network of judges and prosecutors interested in sports integrity. The conference, organized with the help of INTERPOL on November 24, 2022, welcomed representatives from more than 25 countries, both in person and online, including representatives from law enforcement agencies, the sports movement, the lottery and the academic world.
– The European Parliament approved an important resolution supporting video games and electronic sports. The Legislative Council approved a resolution recognizing the economic and cultural importance of both sectors, which will task MEPs with developing a long-term regulatory and investment strategy for the advancement of the sector in Europe. In addition, the resolution calls for the protection of esports from illegal gambling and match-fixing.
FIFA has reached an agreement with Betano, the multinational esports brand to become the first official betting partner for the World Cup. The tournament, which has been described as a milestone in its commercial history.
– UNODC recently published an advocacy paper highlighting the major crime risks and vulnerabilities associated with transporting athletes. It is part of the ongoing efforts by UNODC, through its Program on Protecting Sport from Corruption and Crime, to assist governments, sports organizations and other relevant stakeholders in their efforts to effectively combat corruption and crime in sport.
Determine the match
– The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has knocked on the doors of the International Federation of Football (FIFA) regarding match-fixing in Indian football (All India Football Federation). The CBI is conducting an investigation into soccer match-fixing. The result is the revelation that at least five Indian football clubs have received “huge sums of money” from a global middleman via shell companies.
Millions of Brazilians are watching the World Cup. However, one group is more focused on increasing their profits. This is due to the fact that some Brazilian gamblers are teaming up on digital platforms to “rig” the FIFA Craque do Jogo prize in order to profit from sports betting. FIFA game cracks are being manipulated by Brazilian gamblers. In order to vote as many times as possible during the 60 to 88 minute window of each match, some profiles have posted instructions on how to use incognito tabs and use multiple devices. After the last bell, the winner is announced and awarded a cup.