The name Federbet swept through the sports world last week after the organisation published allegations of widespread match-fixing in Europe. Its presentation before the European Parliament gave the organisation a degree of credibility, and its headline-grabbing press release was a dream for lazy journalists.

The Telegraph newspaper described the report as damning, while even the industry press - which really should know better - took to labelling Federbet as "an organisation of leading gaming operators".

Since then, sports clubs, national regulators, and sports and betting integrity bodies have wasted no time in defending themselves against what they see as baseless allegations, while others have taken to mauling Federbet in their rush to get on the right side of the debate.

So what's the truth about Federbet? Is the organisation misunderstood, or just misinformed?

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