Play Local. Fix Global.

Oslo - Every weekend, across, Europe, hundreds of thousands of footballers play local football for fun.

Yet around 2,000 of their games at a semi-professional and amateur level are available to bet on with mysterious illegal betting companies in the Far East.

Often linked to organised crime, these opaque betting hubs exist in isolation from the game’s authorities and the police and never reporting any suspicious bets that may indicate match-fixing. As a result, this is where match fixers and organised crime go to place their bets after corrupting games.

This project brought together journalists from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, England, France, Norway and Poland in search of the data scouts who collect the live information from local level games that makes these in play bets possible.

The project scraped data from international betting sites, while journalists found scouts at a vast array of games from the lower leagues in Poland to amateur reserve women’s games in Belgium and seventh tier matches in England. Clubs at this level were also polled and few even knew the scouts were there or how their matches ended up on betting markets.

This project found information collected by data companies presenting two faces: that of the wholesome integrity partner that works hand-in-hand with the game’s authorities and also as suppliers to the global betting industry.

📷 Samindra Kunti


Regular contributor to Josimar, World Soccer magazine, and When Saturday Comes.

Football writer, broadcaster and investigative journalist Philippe Auclair has been France Football's England correspondent since 1999.

Jack Kerr uses data and open-source intelligence to uncover corruption in the sports and gambling industries for Josimar.

An Austrian sports journalist who deals intensively with the topic of match fixing and betting fraud.

A football journalist from Leuven, Belgium, Sam graduated from law school at KU Leuven University and in journalism from Columbia University in NYC.

Andy Brown is a freelance journalist who has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years.

Samindra Kunti
  • Corruption
  • Sports
€8.000,00 allocated on 11/07/2023
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