This undercover investigation by freelancers Andy Brown, Philippe Auclair, Steve Menary and Jack Kerr in four countries reveals how live data fed to the sports betting industry can create fertile ground for match-fixing. The team members were based in the UK, France, and Australia. They used specialised software tools to analyse large amounts of data and location recognition software to identify the location of matches. They also mapped out which bookmakers were offering live data on which sports, including illegal games involving underage players. They scouted data for SportModule and created the fake platform FanZone.bet, which analysed available sporting data to determine whether the provision of live data was illegal. The investigation’s findings led to an attack on The Sports Integrity Initiative and its web provider.
Ahead of the 2023 IJ4EU Impact Award Ceremony, we spoke with London-based French freelance football writer Philippe Auclair about their investigation.