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IBIA reports 50 suspicious betting alerts in Q3

| By Robert Fletcher
The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported 50 suspicious betting alerts in the third quarter, with football and tennis accounting for more than half of these.
IBIA suspicious betting Q3

The figure is level with the 50 alerts sent by the IBIA during Q2 of 2023. It was also lower than the 148 alerts reported in Q3 last year.

Football and tennis collectively accounted for 56% of all alerts sent in Q3. Tennis drew a total of 15 during the quarter and football 13. 

Some eight alerts in Q3 related to table tennis, seven for darts and three for esports. The IBIA also saw two alerts for betting on bowls and one each for basketball and greyhound racing. 

Of all alerts, 43 related to male-only events, three for women’s events, three for mixed gender and one for an animal sporting event – greyhound racing.

Europe draws 30 IBIA alerts in Q3

As for the location of alerts, Europe led the way with a total of 30 alerts during Q3. Of these, 11 came from the UK: seven in relation to darts, two for bowls and one each for football and greyhound racing.

Some 10 alerts were also registered in the Czech Republic, seven of which were for table tennis and three for tennis events. 

Tennis also drew two alerts and one each from Italy, Luxembourg, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. The IBIA also noted one football alert in Montenegro and a single table tennis alert in Germany.

Suspicious football betting a concern in Brazil

Elsewhere, seven alerts were filed in South America, five of which were football-related in Brazil. A single alert for football was registered in Venezuela and one related to basketball in Bolivia.

Five alerts were raised in Asia. Two football alerts were filed in India and one each for both Armenia and Israel. An additional tennis alert was reported in Kazakhstan.

Three alerts were noted in North America, two of which were for tennis in the US and one for football in Guatemala. In addition, two tennis alerts were raised in Africa – one in Tunisia and the other Rwanda. 

“The quarter saw a continued reduction in alerts with a more than 30% decrease in the first three quarters relative to 2022, with tennis a major contributory factor,” IBIA CEO Khalid Ali said. 

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