Case Study

An investigation into a European club

The Goal

In 2017 we were approached by a major football governing body to help investigate a European club team suspected of multiple match manipulation. 
The project was to analyse anonymised data and betting market prices for 10 matches, to determine irregular patterns. The information we worked with had no mention of the teams, players or competition involved.

The Tactics

We examined the betting data, focusing on the Asian Handicap, Total Goals and 1×2 betting markets. Our analysis identified a number of concerns surrounding eight of the 10 matches.
We presented the governing body with 10 reports, housing detailed findings of each match to help solidify the investigation. 

The Final Score

Our reports were an integral part of an internal disciplinary, resulting in the club receiving a ban and a fine.
Later, we presented our objective findings to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), as expert evidence. Our reports and materials were explicitly stated by the CAS panel, as they were “confirmed as being appropriate tools in the fight against match-fixing”.