Kevin is a consultant and member of the editorial board for LawInSport, having previously acted as editor. He is a sports lawyer for international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP advising on commercial and regulatory issues. Kevin has become renowned in the fields of sports integrity, match-fixing and sports betting.
Last week we were in West Africa where we hosted two INTERPOL-FIFA Regional Integrity Workshops in Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire for the member countries of the West African Football Union (WAFU), zones A and B. Our many thanks to our partners at WAFU A and B and all of the delegates for contributing to two successful events.
This week's recap features the arrest of 13 players from Football League clubs in England allegedly involved in match-fixing. Six of the footballers arrested had originally been held in December last year under suspicion of involvement in acts of bribery and money laundering, but were later bailed. The investigation is being led by The National Crime Agency (NCA) and all 13 individuals are being interviewed by local police.
This week's recap features good practice initiatives undertaken by UEFA – Europe’s football confederation – including the introduction of the "Nation's League" competition to replace international friendly matches. These matches, also called "friendlies" can be vulnerable to match-fixing because the outcome of the match does not impact a team's competitive standing. This might make team members more willing to lose the match on purpose, or may require different oversight regulations than competition events.
We are pleased to announce Interpol's Integrity In Sport unit as our latest LawInSport blogger.
The Interpol Integrity in Sport unit, as part of their mandate to raise awareness of contemporary issues relating to match-fixing in football, compiles a weekly overview of the main stories in the media relating to current investigations, sanctions and sentences, illegal betting and best practice.
Its that time of year (again) when we look forward to one of the event highlights of the BASL calendar – the forthcoming annual Edward Grayson memorial lecture. Breaking with tradition however, this year will not be a lecture in the sense of an address from single stellar performer but rather, a panel discussion featuring four highly acclaimed contributors from the worlds of law and sport who need little (if any) introduction.
This week Adam Lovatt and Tom Gibby report during a quieter week on a number of smaller stories that caught the football headlines. These include a manager’s sacking for betting misconduct; unfair ticket pricing; a homophobic gesture; and a club requesting an advance payment of prize money to stay alive.
In this week's Indian Sports Law Blog, Manali Kulkarni reports on the topical legal issues in India sport including: IPL corruption case hearing; Srinivasan position at as the ICC chairman position; MS Dhoni faces accusations for involvement in IPL spot-fixing case; doping in Indian horseracing; and, Hockey India to implement FIH rules and address Harbir Singh Sandhu's case.
This week's recap features a number of articles related to match-fixing in sports besides football including cricket, rugby and e-sports. This further proves that match-fixing and corruption in sport is a global problem, requiring the coordinated efforts of all stakeholders from sport, law enforcement, government and the gaming sector to effectively combat.
This week's Integrity In Sport recap includes some interesting articles about match-fixing and integrity in sport. The story from Korea, while not about football, includes some useful information about the tactics fixers use to corrupt players. It is tragic that match-fixing may have contributed to this player's decision to attempt to end his own life, and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.
In view of the recent allegations of match fixing in English domestic leagues (which are dealt with well by Nick Di Marco here), it is worth considering what mechanisms the authorities may have for recovering the financial gains of sportsmen and the criminals involved in match fixing, spot fixing, or indeed any other manner of crime.