Ukraine’s Denys Molchanov had been part of a match-fixing allegation at a tennis competition earlier this season.
Match repairing is amongst the biggest concerns for sports fans, organizations and bookmakers alike, as nothing about sports can work without knowing that the competition has integrity.
That’s why the European Sports Security Association (ESSA) has begun monitoring and reporting on suspicious betting patterns, providing insight into what competitions are attracting the many unusual wagers.
Within the first such quarterly report, ESSA discovered that it was tennis that triggered both the absolute most alerts and the many suspicious activity during the very first three months of 2015.
A total of 27 alerts were raised over unusual betting patterns in tennis during those months, with 17 of them being deemed suspicious.
Tennis, Soccer Generate Bulk of Alerts
As a whole, there were 49 alerts raised during the quarter after uncommon sizes or numbers of wagers had been made on individual occasions. After tennis, soccer saw the absolute most suspicious activity, with 13 alerts raised and three ultimately considered become suspicious.
‘Fundamentally, betting-related match-fixing is an endeavor to defraud gambling operators and their clients by corrupting sports,’ said ESSA chairman Mike O’Kane. ‘It is an issue that causes economic and social harm and that calls for worldwide cross-sector cooperation.’