Above the law

One of football’s biggest sponsors, 1XBet, has produced a guide to show sports fans how to bet in countries where betting is illegal or where they don’t have a licence.

By Steve Menary

Illegal betting has become the omnipresent scourge of modern football with links to match-fixing, fraud and money laundering. The guide produced by 1XBet – a sponsor of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to name just a few – makes a mockery of global attempts to regulate betting and exposes how easily shady operators can grow their market share in supposedly ‘forbidden countries’.

The website 1XWorld.com also shows how two of football’s biggest sponsors, Mastercard and Visa, are providing services that are used by the Russian-controlled, Cypriot-based company, which has been declared bankrupt for failing to pay clients and driven out of the UK for running a porn-hub.

On the 1XWorld.com site, 1XBet claims to have more than five million customers in 195 countries around the world. “In which countries is 1XBET operating? The answer is all over the world!” says the 1XWorld website.

What makes this claim both incredible and worrying is that 1XBet is banned in many countries around the world. In Morocco, the company is the subject of a criminal complaint for operating illegally by the African country’s national gambling au...

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