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The use of betting evidence to combat match-fixing: A review of the Joseph Lamptey decision

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 By Adam Brickell

On 15 January 2018, FIFA published on its website a motivated arbitral award of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)1 which confirmed a lifetime ban for Ghanaian referee, Joseph Lamptey. Previously, Mr Lamptey had been banned for life by FIFA’s judicial bodies (the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and the FIFA Appeal Committee) for breaching Article 69 Paragraph 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (unlawfully influencing match results)2, in connection with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal on 12 November 2016 (the Match).

Mr Lamptey had appealed the decision of the FIFA Appeal Committee to CAS and, following a hearing on 25 July 2017, the CAS Panel dismissed the appeal, notifying its arbitral award to the parties on 4 December 2017. The arbitral award raises some interesting points for those investigating and prosecuting betting-related corruption across all sports, which this article seeks to highlight and explore in further detail.

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Adam Brickell

Adam Brickell

Adam is a Partner in the sports and gambling consultancy, Regulus Partners, advising a range of clients in those industries on integrity, governance, regulation and data exploitation. Adam began his career as a solicitor in DLA Piper’s sports and media law practice, before moving to an in-house role at the British Horseracing Authority ("BHA") in 2009. During his eight-year career at the BHA, Adam spent four years on the BHA executive management team in the role of Director of Integrity, Legal, and Risk.

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