Starlizard Integrity Services (SIS), the specialist integrity arm of sports betting consultancy Starlizard, identified 79 suspicious football matches worldwide during the first half of 2023.
The matches flagged represent 0.48% of the total 16,336 games analysed by SIS in the six months to 30 June. The figure was slightly lower than the 84 matches identified in the first half of 2022.
Matches are categorised as suspicious when they are found to have suspect betting patterns associated with them. This, SIS said, may be a sign of match-fixing.
Of the games reported, 40 took place within the Uefa confederation region, which covers all of Europe. A further 11 were flagged in Conmebol’s South American region.
Some 24 different countries had at least one alert in a domestic men’s competition. SIS also noted that leagues below the top division accounted for 61% of all alerts raised in H1.
A total of 11 games were “international” matches, which are classed as not falling within a specific ..