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Football most affected by corruption, data reveals

Statistics from the SI hotline of the ICSS shows startling facts with regard to corruption in sport.
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Football is the sport most affected by allegations of corruption, according to data from the SI hotline of the ICSS. Picture for representational purposes only.

Football is the most affected sport with regard to allegations of corruption according to data from the Sports Integrity (SI) hotline set up by the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).

The first summary of reported cases released by the hotline stated that more than 240 allegations of corruption in sport were reported to the SI hotline in the past year and 87% of the cases were from football.

The remaining 13 per cent related to tennis, handball, badminton judo, taekwondo, akido, motorcycling, basketball and athletics.

Data showed that match fixing, at 23 per cent, was the most frequently reported type of crime. Money laundering (12%) and internal corruption (10%) were the others. Doping made up about 8% of the crimes.

In terms of geographical regions, 60 per cent of the allegations of corruption were reported from Africa while Europe constituted 28 per cent.

Si Hotline Statistics
Infographics: Sports Integrity Unit, ICSS

The SI hotline was set up in 2018 to provide a safe and secure whistleblowing platform to report misconduct in sport. The entire system of reporting, identifying and verifying cases is well laid out.

The hotline operates over 220 supported languages with dedicated phone numbers for easy access to whistleblowers. Throughout the reporting and case management process, strict precautions are taken to protect confidentiality and the anonymity of the whistleblower.

Once a case is reported, an integrity expert at the Sport Integrity Unit (SIU) analyses the information for authenticity. This process involves multiple checks and only after that does the SIU decide to involve the relevant authorities and law enforcement agencies.