Thursday, 17 November 2016

FOOTBALL IS FIXED - Me, A Whistleblower?: Hacking A Spy Through The Maze Of Football Espionage

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Terry Steans - Former Head of Global Investigations at FIFA:

"I worked inside FIFA investigating match fixing and at the ICSS before seeing the light.

"I've watched  the growth of Sportradar ever since Chris Eaton the former head of FIFA security started to push them into football associations instead of EWS but that's another story.

"I could never reconcile how my fixing sources were telling me matches were fixed and yet Sportradar saw nothing. Moreover could not share information with us due to client confidentiality. 

"Keep going... Expose the lot of them... Fixing is not going away and the corruption just grows."

Countdown Of Our 100 Favourite Matchfixing Events From The Last Decade

100. West Brom 5 Man United 5 (May 19th 2013) - Premier League
99. England 2 Spain 2 (Nov 11th 2016) - International Friendly
98. Bayern Munich 2 Man City 3 (Dec 10th 2013) Champions League
97. Portsmouth 0 Fulham 1 (May 11th 2008) Premier League
96. West Ham 2 Chelsea 1 (Oct 24th 2015) Premier League
95. Tottenham 2 Birmingham 1 (May 11th 2011) Premier League
94. Man Utd 1 Real Madrid 2 (Mar 5th 2013) Champions League
93. South Africa 0 Uruguay 3 (Jun 10th 2010) World Cup Finals
92. Newcastle 6 Norwich 2 (Oct 18th 2015) Premier League
91. Parma 0 Chievo 1 (Feb 11th 2015) Serie A
90. West Brom 4 Burnley 0 (Nov 21st 2016) Premier League
89. Monaco 2 Tottenham 1 (Nov 23rd 2016) Champions League
88. Leicester 5 Man United 3 (Sep 21st 2015) Premier League
87. Fulham 2 Wigan 0 (Oct 29th 2008) Premier League
86. Dynamo Kiev 6 Besiktas 0 (Dec 6th 2016) Champions League
85. Wigan 1 Tottenham 0 (Jan 11th 2009) Premier League
84. France 3 Honduras 0 (Jun 15th 2014) World Cup Finals
83. Nottingham Forest 5 West Ham 0 (Jan 5th 2014) FA Cup
82. Zenit St Petersburg 4 Bayern Munich 0 (May 1st 2008) UEFA Cup Semi Final
81. Rhyl 5 Port Talbot Town 0 (Apr 9th 2016) Welsh Premier League
80. Portsmouth 0 Fulham 1 (May 11th 2008) Premier League
79. Man City 4 Tottenham 1 (Oct 18th 2014) Premier League
78. Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3 Celtic 2 (Apr 19th 2015) Scottish Cup Semi Final
77. Celtic 0 Juventus 3 (Feb 12th 2013) Champions League
76. Man United 5 Midtjylland 1 (Feb 25th 2016) Europa League
75. Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 (Oct 19th 2008) Premier League
74. Portsmouth 1 Cardiff City 0 (May 17th 2008) FA Cup Final
73. Finland U21 1 England U21 1 (Sep 9th 2013) UEFA U21 Championship
72. Tottenham 4 Man City 1 (Sep 26th 2015) Premier League
71. Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 4 (Nov 21st 2015) Primera Liga
70. Southampton 4 Arsenal 0 (Dec 26th 2015) Premier League

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Monday, 23 November 2015


If referees in the Premier League earn a couple of grand per week while officiating on matches with global betting volumes of £5 billion,
If referees for all Premier League games are selected by just one individual;
If referees work with agents to promote the agents' clients on the field of play,
If referees are at the root of most matchfixing crises:

If bookmakers accept insider trading merely treating it as competitive advantage in the marketplace,
If bookmakers trade such knowledge at dark pool poker tables of corruption;
If bookmakers own football clubs and, on occasions, coerce players to perform appropriately,
If bookmakers create spot markets to corrupt the minutiae of in-play actions:

If agents are non-regulated and are the primary lubrication of criminalities in the sport,
If agents work together in a fragmented cartel to pool ownership of players to solicit matchfixing;
If agents are engaging in third party ownership and the trafficking of children from developing countries,
If agents pay backhanders to managers to pick certain players for mutual benefit:

If institutional bodies decide on winners and losers according to private agendas of power and marketing,
If institutional bodies incorporate systemic corruptions at top levels of the game;
If institutional bodies established to monitor insider trading and matchfixing are infrastructurally compromised,
If there are no global, EU or governmental actions to confront these corruptions:

If clubs, owners, managers, referees, agents, administrators and players bet on the outcomes of games,
If clubs exert power over lesser clubs in the same leagues with agreed outcomes being the norm;
If clubs focus more on unearthing lucrative marketing deals than on winning trophies,
If clubs built on debt can only survive by matchfixing their games:

If coercion, threats, menaces, violence and murders are the primary modes of controlling non-acquiescent individuals,
If transnational organised crime and global mafiosi are actively involved at all levels of corruption;
If suitcases of cash and offshore illicit money flows are the norm in financial transactions,
If there are administrators who facilitate these corruptions based on laissez faire capitalism:

If the Fit-and-Proper-Person Test results in clubs being owned by entirely unfit and entirely improper individuals,
If owners take over clubs to asset strip and to monetise the debris via inversion capitalism;
If money laundering, fraud, utilisation of offshore financial centres and beneficial ownership is the norm,
If clubs are held offshore for tax and/or regulatory avoidance to the benefit of the owners:

If spurious and fake arguments are repeatedly made against the use of video technology in the sport,
If there are no laws against insider trading and no Commitment of Traders' reports;
If there is widespread use of performance enhancing substances and their related masking agents,
If the market capitalisation of major clubs is dwarfed by global betting turnover on any of their matches:

If fans and the public are kept in the dark about all these machinations due to a blackout by the mainstream media,
If there is nowhere for whistleblowers to go with information about corruptions;
If the reward for being a criminalised player is a lifelong role as a media analyst or commentator,
If huge fortunes are being made while meritocracy is always trumped by the performativity of corrupt practices:

Then FOOTBALL IS FIXED as is everything within it,
But - no despair - for we, the fans, are legion, my son.

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Saturday, 11 November 2006

Manipulated Markets

English Football is currently reeling from the impacts of the Stevens inquiry into the bung culture, the standard and ethics of referees and the revelation that Victor Chandler International allegedly took bets from some Premiership Managers and Players. The words “tip” and “iceberg” spring to mind.
I have traded professionally on global football betting markets for the past 15 years. In my experience, all the brokers, market makers and bookmakers that I have traded with take bets from insiders in the game. It is regarded as buying information. Undoubtedly, some of this exchange of information borders on the corrupt. The recent betting scandal in Germany and the uproar in Italy’s Serie A show that this isn’t merely a British problem.
Asian Market Makers regularly accept bets of greater than £1million without blinking (Gianluigi Buffon – the Juventus goalkeeper – was found with betting slips for several million euros in his possession during the Moggiopoli scandal). Inevitably, the liquidity of the Asian markets persuades some football people to enhance their earning capacities. To my knowledge, such individuals include players, managers, referees, bookmakers, agents and the criminal fringe. It isn’t just the Italian mafia centres of Napoli, Palermo and Reggio di Calabria that are actively involved in football markets!
To date, all attempts to clean up the game have been peripheral. In Germany, some selective sweeping under the carpet and wrist slapping went on in response to the referee Robert Hoyzer admitting that he took money to alter football match outcomes. But, I believe that there are other match officials in the Bundesliga who were merely demoted or, indeed, allowed to continue to officiate. In Italy, in the aftermath of calciocaos, two referees were suspended but the other six that were under investigation are still involved in Serie A.
Although there are many corrupt players, it is the match officials who are the key component of this crisis. Some have links to individual clubs, some to bookmakers and some to the underworld. There are also many honest people in the game who are just trying to do their jobs. However, until football cleans up its act, corruption will persist. Falling attendances in Italy and England are partially related to deficiencies in the sport on offer. Although the prawn sandwich brigade remain oblivious to anything, the true fans know when they are being short changed. The recent assertion by Graeme Souness that British football is “the most honest in Europe” is simply laughable.
Tessa Jowell, the Minister for Culture, is aiming to make Britain a clean and well regulated gambling environment. I fully support her and her Department’s efforts but such efforts must extend beyond the protection of the vulnerable and the targeting of company directors with criminal links.
The football authorities also need to take a lead in this area and not just in the betting arena. In the lead up to the last World Cup, there was a real concern within FIFA that Uzbekistan were going to make it to the finals. This would have been politically unacceptable. In the first leg of the Asian Play Off with Bahrain, the Uzbeks won 1-0 and had a penalty denied them by the Japanese official. FIFA ludicrously ordered the game to be replayed and a 1-1 draw resulted. Bahrain won through in the Second Leg on away goals – the official for that second game (obviously by chance in the light of recent occurrences) was a certain Mr Graham Poll!

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