What is Match Fixing and Why do we Care?

Match fixing is a term often used in relation to sports and especially sports bets. Sports betting, if you are not familiar with the term already, is placing a real money wager on the outcome of various sports events, including eSports, and expect payouts based on the odds posted by bookmakers (the companies that take said bets) if the wager is successful.

Unlike other forms of gambling, like the one you may encounter at the All Slots Casino where you can try new casino games every month, in sports betting the results are more or less predictable based on information – like player and referee records, and a bunch of other factors, such as the weather, the time of the year, and whether any of the parties perform under stressful conditions, like jet lag and its likes.

Bookmakers use this type of information to predict the most likely outcome of an event, like a football game for example and offer punters odds based on these predictions.

By match-fixing, we understand the process of influencing the outcome of a certain sports event so that the outcome will favour certain groups of interest – usually illicit bookmakers and crime groups intending to launder money, for example. Such actions are not only immoral but also illegal, and they are the reason why team members, trainers, managers, owners, and other individuals in close relations with an athlete or a team are not allowed to place bets on events they are involved with.

What IS match fixing

In 2013, a number of individuals were arrested on suspicion of match-fixing as a result of two investigations made by two newspapers, the Daily Telegraph and Sun on Sunday.

The Sun’s investigation led to former Reading F.C. and Portsmouth F.C. player Sam Sodje who claimed that he could arrange for players in the Football League Championship to get booked in exchange for cash, as well as that he could arrange the same for games in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Daily Telegraph investigation led to a Singaporean fixer in Manchester, claiming that he could “control” teams in England and other European countries. He claimed that “buying” Premier League players were expensive, with the cost usually reaching £70,000.

What IS NOT match fixing

After the closing match of the 2016-2017 Premier League season, Chelsea expected to be praised by the press – only to be surprised by being linked to match-fixing by The Times. These claims were made in relation to how John Terry, Chelsea’s most successful captain, left the team.

Apparently, Sunderland boss David Moyes admitted to accepting an arrangement to a stoppage in the 26th minute of the game (the number corresponding to his shirt number) so that Terry could enter the field with a “guard of honour” by his teammates. An innocent act that pleased both the players and the crowd but apparently didn’t fare well with the FA – the organization ordered an investigation of the issue.

Of course, the Association didn’t find any evidence of wrongdoing, and neither the team nor Terry himself faced any action from the organization. It seems, they agreed with Moyes, who thought that Terry “deserved a great send-off”.