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Starlizard Integrity Services Identifies 167 Suspicious Football Matches Played Globally in 2023



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Sports integrity specialists Starlizard Integrity Services (SIS) have identified 167 football matches played around the world in 2023 as suspicious.

In a major study, covering more than 65,000 football matches, SIS found that 167 (0.26%) showed indicators of potential manipulation. This represents an increase of 16% on the number identified in 2022 (144), although SIS analysed more matches in 2023, which means the percentage of suspicious matches decreased from 0.39% in 2022 to 0.26% in 2023.

The SIS 2023 data revealed that:

  • 69 of the matches assessed as suspicious (41.3%) were played in the UEFA (European) region. However, this represents only 0.18% of the total UEFA region matches analysed – below the overall global percentage of 0.26%.
  • The AFC (Asian) region saw the highest regional percentage of suspicious matches at 0.47%, although 0.52% of all international matches analysed were also assessed as suspicious.
  • Just under half (49.7%) of all suspicious matches identified in 2023 were played in domestic leagues below the top leagues.
  • Top-level leagues themselves were not immune, with just over a quarter (25.2%) of all suspicious matches identified being in this category.
  • The risks to club friendly and youth matches are disproportionately high, accounting for 10.8% and 6% of the suspicious matches respectively, despite representing just 2.9% and 3.5% of all the games analysed in 2023.
  • Whilst Full-Time betting markets still dominate suspicious betting activity, there has been a significant rise in suspicious betting on First-Half Only markets. Of the 167 matches identified as suspicious in 2023, 45 (27%) involved betting solely on the First-Half Only markets, which represents a marked increase from only six games (4.2%) identified in 2022.

Matches analysed by SIS are categorised as “suspicious” when they are found to have suspect betting patterns associated with them that may be indicative of match-fixing. While the level of suspicion will vary across matches depending on the nature and amount of evidence discovered, SIS believes that all matches so identified would warrant further investigation.

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DGA: Three Orders and One Reprimand Issued to Mr. Green Limited for Breach of the Anti-Money Laundering Act



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On April 10th, 2024, the Danish Gambling Authority has issued three orders to Mr. Green Limited for breaching the Anti-Money Laundering Act, on risk assessment, on procedures for internal controls and for failing to ensure that controls are carried out.

On April 10th, 2024, the Danish Gambling Authority has also given Mr. Green Limited a reprimand for breaching the rules on notification in the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

The reactions have been given in connection with the Danish Gambling Authority’s inspection of Mr. Green Limited’s materials that Mr. Green Limited has provided for compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Order for insufficient risk assessment

Order (a) is issued because Mr. Green’s risk assessment is insufficient, as no separate risk assessment has been made of the individual identified risks associated with Mr. Green’s business model, including payment solutions, and the risk factors associated with it. It follows from section 7(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act that undertakings subject to the Act must identify and assess the risk that the undertaking may be misused for money laundering or terrorist financing. The Danish Gambling Authority’s assesses that the risk assessment must include a separate assessment of the risk of the individual payment solutions and delivery channels, as well as a separate risk assessment of the risk factors associated with these. Thus, Mr. Green did not comply with the risk assessment obligation.

Order for insufficient and lack of business procedures

Order (b) is issued because Mr. Green Limited does not have adequate procedures for internal controls, as these do not describe the interval at which controls should be performed. The order has also been given because Mr. Green Limited does not have written procedures on how to monitor that controls are carried out. It follows from section 8(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act that undertakings subject to the Act must have adequate written business procedures, which must include internal control. The business procedures should describe how the listed areas are handled in practice. The requirement for internal control also means that there must be controls of whether the controls are being carried out – in other words, that the controls are being checked. Mr. Green Limited has not sufficiently complied with the commitments on business procedures for controls.

Order for lack of documentation of controls

Order (c) is issued because Mr. Green Limited has not documented that controls have been carried out to verify that the internal controls have been performed. It follows from section 8(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act that undertakings subject to the Act must document the controls that have been carried out. Thus, Mr. Green Limited has not complied with the obligations to perform controls to ensure that the internal controls are performed.

Reprimand for not making an immediate notification

Reprimand (a) is given because Mr. Green Limited has in two cases not complied with the requirement for immediate notification to the Money Laundering Secretariat. According to section 26(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, an undertaking must immediately notify the Money Laundering Secretariat if the undertaking knows, suspects or has reasonable grounds to suspect that a transaction, funds or activity is or has been related to money laundering or terrorist financing. Mr. Green has not complied with the notification obligations, as there has been no immediate notification.

Duty to act

The orders entail an obligation to act on the part of Mr. Green Limited. Mr. Green Limited must submit a revised risk assessment within June 10th, 2024.

Mr. Green must also within June 10th, 2024, submit a revised business procedure for internal controls and submit prepared business procedures for how the implementation of controls is monitored.

Mr. Green Limited must also submit documentation within October 10th, 2024, that it has been controlled that the controls have been carried out.

The reprimand does not entail any obligation to act on the part of Mr. Green Limited as the breach no longer exists.

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BetComply Appoints Martin Hodges as its New Chief Marketing Officer



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BetComply has appointed Martin Hodges as its new chief marketing officer to spearhead its marketing strategies and growth initiatives.

Coming to BetComply with more than 15 years of experience in strategic marketing, Hodges has propelled brand development, strategic alliances and innovative campaigns while occupying senior marketing positions at several major companies in the sector.

Daniel Brookes, CEO of BetComply, said: “Martin’s appointment comes at a pivotal time for BetComply as we seek to enhance our market position and introduce innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of our clients. His proven track record, dynamic leadership, and deep understanding of the iGaming industry will be instrumental in driving our marketing efforts and accelerating our growth. We are thrilled to have him on board.”

Hodges said: “I am excited to join BetComply and to be part of a company that is at the forefront of compliance services in the iGaming industry. The opportunity to contribute to BetComply’s mission and to work with a talented team to drive impactful marketing strategies is truly inspiring. I look forward to helping shape the future of this innovative company.”

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IAS Enhances TikTok Brand Safety with New Category Exclusions and Vertical Sensitivity Segments



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Integral Ad Science, a leading global media measurement and optimisation platform, announced it is expanding its unparalleled brand safety and suitability measurement reporting on TikTok to include new Category Exclusion and Vertical Sensitivity Segments, enabling advertisers to avoid a wider range of content unsuitable to their brand. This expansion further enhances and simplifies how advertisers measure and safeguard their campaigns on TikTok through IAS’s industry-leading, AI-driven Total Media Quality (TMQ) product and ensures they can confidently scale their brand on one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing short-form video entertainment platforms.

IAS is also expanding its industry-leading Brand Safety and Suitability Measurement on TikTok to an additional 11 countries, bringing the total to 62 countries, across 34 languages. IAS’s AI-driven Total Media Quality product for TikTok uses cutting-edge Multimedia Technology combining image, audio, and text signals with frame-by-frame video analysis to accurately classify content in the For You Feed, at scale, aligned to 12 GARM Brand Safety & Suitability categories and four risk levels.

“The rapid adoption of short-form video on social platforms like TikTok created demand for next-generation solutions that can provide protection and performance for advertisers. As the first independent, third-party digital media quality provider offering an end-to-end brand safety solution for TikTok, global advertisers now have access to AI-backed solutions to safeguard and scale their brands across one of the largest and fastest-growing social platforms around the globe,” Lisa Utzschneider, CEO of IAS, said.

The new expanded measurement capabilities further help advertisers on TikTok by adding:

  • New Category Exclusion and Vertical Sensitivity segments: IAS now provides independent, third-party assurance that advertisers’ campaigns are appearing next to brand suitable content aligned to the new segments available within TikTok Ads Manager. The categories include pets, beauty, food, fashion/retail, travel, financial services, technology, automotive, gaming, professional services, entertainment, gambling and lotteries, violent video games, combat sports, and youth content.
  • Ease of activation: With new Automated Suitability Profiles, the new Category Exclusion and Vertical Sensitivity Segments will automatically be applied within IAS Signal for measurement. IAS Signal is a unified reporting platform that delivers the data and insights advertisers need to easily manage their digital campaigns to provide a seamless interface for advertisers.
  • Deeper insights: IAS is aligning its reporting in Custom Report Builder (CRB) to the profiles advertisers create in TikTok Ads Manager, including campaign name, ad group, objective type, and ad buying type. Advertisers can now drill down to the ad creative level for deeper and more strategic actionable data.
  • Expanded coverage: IAS now supports 62 countries, expanding its AI-driven Brand Safety and Suitability Measurement for TikTok to 11 additional countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Norway and Panama.

“TikTok is continuously building and refining our brand safety and suitability solutions for advertisers, and evolving to stay ahead of emerging needs. We are excited to be partnering with trusted third-party measurement provider Integral Ad Science to complement our own TikTok Inventory Filter, and our new brand suitability controls Category Exclusion and Vertical Sensitivity, so advertisers are confident in the tools that empower them to connect with our community,” Chen-Lin Lee, Global Head of Measurement and Data Partnerships at TikTok, said.

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