Council of Europe Keep Crime out of Sport Project (KCOOS) (I.) | II. Global Lottery Monitoring System for Sport Betting (II.)

(I) EL joined the strong network of KCOOS partners (including the IOC, INTERPOL, ARJEL, UK Gambling Commission and Oxford research) to support Integrity in Sports. Lotteries actively contribute to the regional seminars. (II) Dutch Football Association expresses thanks to GLMS for its support in dealing with match-fixing suspicions against Albanian club KF Skënderbeu
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GLMS Secretary General, Sarah Lacarrière, moderating a session at the 2nd KCOOS Regional Seminar in Croatia


I. Council of Europe Keep Crime out of Sport Project (KCOOS)

In January 2016, the Keep Crime out of Sport Project (KCOOS), partly funded by the European Commission, officially kicked-off, with the objective to promote the CoE Convention on the Manipulations of Sport Competitions and to develop capacity-building in terms of the implementation of its main provisions. With integrity being one of the core lottery values, EL joined the strong network of KCOOS partners (including the IOC, INTERPOL, ARJEL, UK Gambling Commission and Oxford research).  From the very beginning, EL has actively contributed with input and suggestions in the progress of the project.

Following the kick-off of the meeting, a questionnaire was sent to various stakeholders with the objective to better understand the challenges that certain states might face in terms of the implementation of the provisions of the Convention, as well as the support they may require, and also to ascertain where the different countries stand in this respect. The questionnaires were analysed by the project partner Oxford Research in close cooperation with the Council of Europe.

The project went on with the organisation of regional seminars (along with the participation of different states), which were informed by the questionnaires’ analysis. Lotteries were pleased to be actively involved in this phase. The first Regional Seminar was held in the Hague on 20-21 June 2016, attended by the Chairman of EL Sport WG, Walter de Beauvesier Watson. The 2nd Regional Seminar was held in Zagreb, Croatia. GLMS Secretary General, Sarah Lacarrière, was one of the speakers and had the chance to present the GLMS operations and also moderate one of the sessions. In the 3rd Regional Seminar in Copenhagen, on 4-5 October 2016, the 40 participants of the Seminar (coming from Nordic countries) had the chance to visit the GLMS Operational Headquarters in Brondby and receive a very operational presentation by GLMS Operators, Chris Rasmussen and Kim Ragle. Finally, in the 5th Regional Seminar, which was held in Athens, Greece on 8-9 November, EL Sport Executive Secretary, Vagelis Alexandrakis, moderated a session about the practical implementation of the provisions of the Convention, notably the sharing of information, the setting up of national platforms, and the measures against illegal betting.

The Regional Seminars were quite interactive and operational, involving representatives of states coming from different fields (law enforcement, sport, state and regulatory authorities, and betting operators). In total, more than 30 states had the opportunity to receive support and assistance regarding the provisions of the Convention. As a next step, the project will go on with the study visits and expert missions, which will be led by ARJEL and the UK Gambling Commission.  The KCOOS work will eventually culminate in the development of a practical how-to guide on implementing measures to fight manipulation of sports competitions.

II. Global Lottery Monitoring System for Sport Betting

In January 2015, the Dutch Football Association KNVB, received some signals regarding a possible manipulated match by an Albanian club, KF Skënderbeu Korçë. This club played friendly matches against Dutch clubs during the winterstop in Spain. The Dutch FA approached GLMS through its member De Lotto (now Nederlandse Loterij), asking for insights into the betting patterns of the matches in question.

“When we heard of these signals we started an investigation into this matter. We contacted our national lottery partner and asked if GLMS detected suspicious betting patterns. A few hours later we received reports from GLMS based on odds movements from the international, Asian and lottery markets and from the GLMS-members point of view,” said Wouter Boshuis, Dutch FA Integrity Officer.

Skënderbeu is now well known in the match fixing sanction record as the European football governing body (UEFA) and has taken the club through a long and demanding yet successful disciplinary procedure. Indeed, in July 2016, the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) dismissed Skënderbeu’s appeal against the UEFA decision to ban the club from the Champions League for one season due to its involvement in fixed matches (source UEFA).

The words of thanks received last month by GLMS from the Dutch football association is an important recognition of the value and impact of the lottery association cooperation.  “With this valuable information we could advise our clubs to organize friendly matches in the future against opponents they know, and not to organize matches against teams with a questionable reputation.” – Dutch FA

GLMS serves as a preemptive tool to its members and other parties with such on-demand requests. It is central to the cooperation between sports organizations and all stakeholders on sports betting features worldwide and associated risks.

Contact: glms@world-lotteries.org


About GLMS

GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations.

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(I) Projet Keep Crime out of Sport (Tenir le crime éloigné du sport, KCOOS) du Conseil de l’Europe. En janvier 2016, le projet KCOOS, financé en partie par la Commission européenne, a officiellement été lancé dans le but de promouvoir la Convention du Conseil de l’Europe sur la manipulation des compétitions sportives et de développer le renforcement des capacités en ce qui concerne la mise en œuvre de ses principales dispositions. L’intégrité étant l’une des valeurs fondamentales de la loterie, EL a rejoint le solide réseau des partenaires du projet KCOOS (dont le CIO, INTERPOL, ARJEL, la Gambling Commission du Royaume-Uni et Oxford Research). Dès le début, EL a activement contribué avec des idées et des suggestions dans l’avancement du projet. Les séminaires régionaux ont été très interactifs et opérationnels, impliquant des représentants d’États venus de différents domaines (application de la loi, sport, autorités étatiques et réglementaires, et opérateurs de paris). Au total, plus de 30 États ont eu l’occasion de recevoir un soutien et une assistance relativement aux dispositions de la Convention. Le projet se poursuivra avec des visites d’étude et des missions d’experts, qui seront dirigées par ARJEL et la Gambling Commission du Royaume-Uni. Les travaux du KCOOS finiront par aboutir à l’élaboration d’un guide pratique sur la mise en œuvre des mesures de lutte contre la manipulation des compétitions sportives. (II) Système mondial de surveillance des fraudes dans les paris sportifs.   En janvier 2015, la Fédération néerlandaise de football KNVB, a reçu quelques signaux concernant un éventuel match truqué par un club albanais, le KF Skënderbeu Korçë. Ce club a joué des matchs amicaux contre des clubs hollandais pendant la trêve hivernale en Espagne. Fédération néerlandaise de football (Dutch Federal Association) s’est adressée au GLMS (Global Lottery Monitoring System [Système mondial de surveillance des fraudes]) par l’intermédiaire de son membre De Lotto (maintenant Nederlandse Loterij), en demandant des informations sur les formes de paris des matches en question. « Lorsque nous avons entendu parler de ces signaux, nous avons commencé à enquêter sur cette affaire. Nous avons contacté notre partenaire national de la loterie et nous avons demandé si le GLMS avait détecté des formes de paris suspectes. Quelques heures plus tard, nous avons reçu d’une part des rapports du GLMS basés sur les mouvements des cotes des marchés internationaux, asiatiques et de loterie, et d’autre part des rapports sur le point de vue des membres du GLMS », a déclaré Wouter Boshuis, responsable de l’intégrité de la Fédération néerlandaise de football. Skënderbeu est maintenant bien connu dans le dossier des sanctions pour les matches truqués, l'Union des associations européennes de football (Union of European Football Associations, UEFA), qui est l'organe directeur du football européen, ayant engagé le club dans une procédure disciplinaire longue et exigeante mais néanmoins réussie. En effet, en juillet 2016, la Cour d’Arbitrage du Sport (CAS) a rejeté l’appel de Skënderbeu contre la décision de l’UEFA d’interdire de jeu le club de la Ligue des Champions pendant une saison en raison de sa participation à des matches truqués (source: UEFA). Les remerciements adressés le mois dernier au GLMS par l’association de football néerlandaise représentent une reconnaissance importante de la valeur et de l’impact de la coopération entre les associations de loterie. « Grâce à cette information précieuse, nous pourrions conseiller à nos clubs d’organiser à l’avenir des matches amicaux contre des adversaires qu’ils connaissent, et de ne pas organiser de matchs contre des équipes ayant une réputation douteuse. » – Fédération néerlandaise de football Le GLMS constitue un outil préventif pour ses membres et d’autres parties sur simple demande. Il est au cœur de la coopération entre les organisations sportives et toutes les parties prenantes pour les paris sportifs dans le monde et les risques associés. Contact : glms@world-lotteries.org
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(I) Comisión del proyecto europeo Keep Crime out of Sport (KCOOS). En enero de 2016 arrancó, finalmente, el proyecto Keep Crime out of Sports (KCOOS), financiado en parte por la Comisión Europea, cuyo objetivo es promocionar la Convención CoE sobre manipulación de competiciones deportivas y desarrollar la creación de capacidades en cuanto a la implementación de sus disposiciones principales. Loterías Europeas, que promueve la integridad como uno de sus valores fundamentales, se unió a la ya fuerte red de asociados de KCOOS, entre los que se encuentran el COI, INTERPOL, ARJEL, la Comisión de Juego de Reino Unido y Oxford Research, y ha contribuido de forma activa desde sus comienzos realizando y sugiriendo aportaciones durante el progreso del proyecto. En el quinto seminario regional, que se llevó a cabo en Atenas, Grecia, los días 8 y 9 de noviembre, Vagelis Alexandrakis, Secretario ejecutivo de Loterías Europeas, moderó una sesión sobre la implementación práctica de las disposiciones de la Convención, con especial atención en la información compartida, el establecimiento de plataformas nacionales y las medidas contra el juego ilegal.   (II) Sistema de monitorización de lotería global para las apuestas deportivas.  La Real Asociación de Fútbol de los Países Bajos recibió, en enero de 2015, indicios sobre el posible amaño de un partido por parte de un equipo albanés, el KF Skënderbeu Korçë. Este equipo jugó partidos amistosos en España contra varios clubes holandeses durante el parón navideño. La asociación holandesa contactó con el GLMS [Global Lottery Monitoring System (Sistema de monitorización de lotería global)], por medio de su miembro De Lotto (ahora Loterías Holandesas), con la intención de obtener más información sobre los patrones de apuestas de los partidos en cuestión. “Cuando nos enteramos de estos indicios, comenzamos a investigar el caso. Contactamos con nuestro operador de lotería nacional para saber si el GLMS había detectado patrones de apuestas sospechosos. Pocas horas después, recibimos informes de GLMS sobre los movimientos de apuestas de los mercados asiáticos, internacionales y de loterías, que incluían también la opinión de los miembros de GLMS”, indicó Wouter Boshuis, Director de integridad de la asociación de fútbol holandesa. El Skënderbeu ya ha sido incluido en el registro de sanciones por amaño de partidos de la UEFA [The Union of European Football Associations (Unión de Asociaciones Europeas de Fútbol)], que ha llevado a cabo un largo y exigente, aunque exitoso, proceso disciplinario contra el club. Así, en julio de 2016, el TAS (Tribunal de Arbitraje Deportivo) desestimó el recurso interpuesto por el Skënderbeu contra la decisión de la UEFA de expulsar al club de la Liga de Campeones durante una temporada, debido a su intervención en partidos amañados (Fuente: UEFA). Las palabras de agradecimiento que el GLMS recibió el mes pasado por parte de la asociación holandesa de fútbol suponen un importante reconocimiento del valor e impacto de la cooperación entre asociaciones de loterías. “Gracias a esta valiosa información, podremos recomendar a nuestros equipos la organización de futuros partidos amistosos contra oponentes conocidos, así como tratar de que no se organicen partidos contra equipos de reputación cuestionable”. – Asociación de fútbol holandesa Con este tipo de solicitudes bajo petición, GLMS ofrece una herramienta preventiva tanto a sus miembros como a terceras partes. Es una herramienta fundamental para la cooperación entre organizaciones deportivas, y para todos los actores mundiales de apuestas deportivas y riesgos asociados. Contacto: glms@world-lotteries.org
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(I) Projekt „Keep Crime out of Sport“ (KCOOS).  Im Januar 2016 startete das von der Europäischen Kommission teilweise geförderte Projekt „Keep Crime out of Sport“ (KCOOS), offiziell mit dem Ziel, das CoE-Übereinkommen über die Manipulationen von Sportwettbewerben zu fördern und den Aufbau von Kapazitäten im Hinblick auf die Umsetzung seiner wichtigsten Bestimmungen zu entwickeln. Mit der Integrität als einer der wichtigsten Lotteriewerte trat EL dem starken Netzwerk der KCOOS-Partner (einschließlich des IOC, INTERPOL, ARJEL, der britischen Glücksspielkommission und Oxford Research) bei und beteiligte sich seit jeher aktiv am Input und an den Vorschlägen im Fortschritt des Projekts. Im 5. Regionalseminar, das am 8. und 9. November in Athen stattfand, moderierte EL Sport Executive Secretary, Vagelis Alexandrakis, eine Sitzung über die praktische Umsetzung der Bestimmungen des Übereinkommens, insbesondere des Informationsaustauschs, der Einrichtung nationaler Plattformen und der Maßnahmen gegen illegale Wetten. (II) Weltweites Monitoring-System für Lotterien bei Sportwetten.  Im Januar 2015 erhielt der niederländische Fußballverband KNVB Hinweise auf ein möglicherweise manipuliertes Spiel des albanischen Vereins KF Skënderbeu Korçë. Dieser Club trat während der Winterpause in Spanien in Freundschaftsspielen gegen niederländische Vereine an. Über sein Mitglied De Lotto (jetzt Nederlandse Loterij) wendete sich der niederländische Fußballverband an das GLMS („Global Lottery Monitoring System for Sport Betting“ [weltweites Monitoring-System für Lotterien bei Sportwetten]) und bat um Einblick in die Wettmuster bei den betreffenden Spielen. „Als wir von diesen Hinweisen hörten, leiteten wir eine Untersuchung der Angelegenheit ein. Wir wandten uns an unseren nationalen Lotteriepartner und fragten, ob das GLMS ungewöhnliche Wettmuster entdeck hatte. Wenige Stunden später erstatteten sowohl GLMS als auch das GLMS-Mitglied aus seiner Perspektive Bericht über merkwürdige Bewegungen auf dem internationalen und asiatischen sowie dem Lotteriemarkt“, sagte Wouter Boshuis, Integritätsbeauftragter des niederländischen Fußballverbands. Die Sanktionen wegen Spielmanipulation gegen Skënderbeu sind inzwischen allseits bekannt, nachdem die Vereinigung Europäischer Fußballverbände (UEFA) gegen den Club ein langes und anstrengendes, letztendlich aber erfolgreiches Disziplinarverfahren durchgeführt hat. Im Juli 2016 wies der Internationale Sportsgerichtshof den Einspruch von Skënderbeu gegen die UEFA-Entscheidung, den Verein wegen seiner Beteiligung an manipulierten Spielen für eine Champions-League-Saison zu sperren, ab (Quelle: UEFA). Die Dankesworte, die das GLMS letzten Monat vom niederländischen Fußballverband erhielt, zeugen von der Anerkennung des Werts und der Bedeutung der Kooperation mit dem Lotterieverband dar. „Dank dieser wertvollen Informationen konnten wir unseren Vereinen raten, in Zukunft Freundschaftsspiele gegen ihnen bekannte Gegner zu organisieren, anstelle von Spielen gegen Teams mit einem fragwürdigen Ruf.“ – Niederländischer Fußballverband GLMS ist seinen Mitgliedern und anderen Parteien bei solchen spontanen Anfragen als Präventivtool behilflich. Es ist weltweit für die Kooperation von Sportverbänden und allen Interessenvertretern von Sportwett-Angeboten sowie die Einschätzung der damit verbundenen Risiken von zentraler Bedeutung. Kontakt: glms@world-lotteries.org

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