GLMS flags suspicious activity on 33 sporting events in Q1

6 June 2019

The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the platform through which state lottery operators track suspicious betting activity, revealed that 198 alerts were generated in the first quarter of 2019, of which 33 were flagged to its partners.

Alerts were generated across a range of sports over the three months ended March 31, 2019, with the majority of suspicious activity occurring around football matches. The sports was responsible for 128 of the 198 alerts, followed by basketball (37) and ice hockey (15).

With 129 alerts, including 82 on football, Europe accounted for the majority of suspicious activity, followed by Asia with 30, then Latin America with 22.

Accordingly, European football’s governing body Uefa was informed of suspicious betting patterns on 12 occasions, with football’s world governing body Fifa, receiving eight alerts.

The International Olympic Committee received a further three, and three were flagged to Spanish football administrator La Liga - which is currently investigating match-fixing in the country’s football leagues - also with three.

Tennis, which has traditionally attracted the majority of suspicious alerts for the recently rebranded International Betting Integrity Association, generated six alerts on the GLMS platform.

Most alerts (63) resulted from significant odds changes, with 42 generated following the publication of team news, 27 stemming from requests from GLMS partners, and 24 were issued following information from GLMS members. Just one alert resulted from rumours of match-fixing.

Of the 198 alerts, 11 were considered ‘code red’, meaning they warranted urgent investigation, with 66 ‘code yellow’ and 86 ‘code green’, unusual activity that can easily be explained.

The vast majority of alerts (149) came pre-match, with a further 43 generated after a sporting event had ended. Just 6 were based on in-play odds fluctuations.

“GLMS is a Global Integrity association and, therefore, it is of the utmost importance for us to be fully  transparent regarding the results of our monitoring and intelligence activities,” GLMS president Ludovico Calvi commented.

“[2019] started very dynamically for GLMS, having reported a significant number of suspicious matches to all our members and partners,” Calvi explained. “GLMS shall go on making its best efforts to further enhance the quality of our integrity operations, in the highest interest of sport ethics and the credibility of sport”