A marketing executive central to Manchester City’s sponsorship agreement with 8XBet was, just months earlier, working with a politically-connected Chinese businessman accused in the International Criminal Court of running Filipino meth labs.
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.
Barely 12 months ago, it promised Australia’s online gambling regulator not to target customers in that country. Now, Manchester City’s controversial betting partner, 8XBet, is injecting broadcasts of the A-League with "virtual" ads for its own brand and a type of betting outlawed in Australia.
Opaque betting operator Kaiyun is the shirt sponsor of Nottingham Forest and counts Wayne Rooney as one of their brand ambassadors. Kaiyun doesn’t hold a licence to offer gambling services, and is owned by a company with connections to the criminal underworld.
Data collection companies are scouring ever lower down the European football pyramid for live data that is feeding opaque Asian betting operators.
Is Sportradar – Fifa and Uefa’s integrity partner – providing data from Belgian amateur matches to controversial betting operator 1XBet?
A copyright infringement complaint by 8XBet has been rejected by a US court because the bookmaker declined to provide a signature of its phantom-like CEO. It’s a move that raises more doubts about the real origins of Manchester City's mysterious Asian betting partner.
Aston Villa FC have just signed a three-year, eight-figure sponsorship deal with BK8, a gambling operator which is licensed in the United Kingdom but carries out its activities almost exclusively in Far Eastern countries where sports gambling is illegal.
Unregulated betting operators are using data from Sportradar, the same company tasked with protecting Brazilian football from match-fixing. The Brazilian Government has called for Federal Police to open an inquiry into fixed in-play events in Brazilian football.
Australia, a country with just 12 professional football teams, has become the leading provider of matches for the opaque offshore betting market. Josimar has confirmed that police recently investigated one of these games.
There were signs of suspicious betting markets on 31 friendlies played by European clubs between December and the end of March this year. A total of 49 clubs from 18 different countries – mainly in Eastern Europe – were caught up in suspicious friendlies.
The advertising blitz which controversial gambling operator 1XBet launched in Morocco in 2022 was so successful that the local gaming authority which finances the country's grassroots and elite sport saw a decline in projected revenue for the first time. But Morocco is fighting back and could lead the way for the rest of Africa to follow suit.