Can suspicious betting alerts prove match fixing? The case of KS Skënderbeu v UEFA

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 By Jamie Singer, Ross Brown

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recently published its Decision on KS Skënderbeu’s appeal against UEFA’s ban on their participation in the UEFA Champions League[1].  The Decision was noteworthy because the use of betting data and analysis of that data was submitted as evidence of match-fixing before CAS.  

Emilio Garcia (head of disciplinary and integrity at UEFA) has written a review of the case, available here for the T.M.C. Asser Instituut.[2]  This article builds on Mr Garcia’s piece by exploring the impact of the Decision and asking specifically whether or not betting alerts alone can meet the standard of proof required to persuade a disciplinary panel that a party has breached integrity rules (in this case UEFA's rules prohibiting match-fixing)?

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Jamie Singer

Jamie is a founding partner of onside law. He qualified into the Commercial department at Clifford Chance after a secondment to their Dubai office and in 2000 joined the dedicated sports group at Nicholson Graham & Jones. Latterly he spent five years as in-house counsel at IMG where he was principal legal advisor to IMG's tennis, sponsorship consultancy, fashion and models divisions throughout Europe.

Ross Brown

Ross Brown

Ross is a senior associate in the dispute resolution team specialising in contentious and regulatory matters within the sports industry. He acts for clients across a broad range of commercial and regulatory disputes, both domestically and internationally, including governing bodies, clubs/teams and sports professionals.

Ross is also a member of the British Association of Sports and Law and is currently studying on the Sports Law and Practice course run by BASL in conjunction with De Montfort University.

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