The latest report from sporting integrity body ESSA has revealed that tennis was once again the main target of betting-related corruption in the fourth quarter of 2015, reflecting a trend seen throughout the year.

In the fourth quarter ESSA’s alert system identified 35 sporting events that were deemed suspicious and referred to the relevant sporting authorities for further investigation. In total 24 of these cases – or 69 per cent – centred around tennis, while football came second with 8 cases, or 23 per cent of the total.

“That position is a reflection of the general trend shown in the previous three quarters of the year and therefore the overall position in 2015, which included a total of 100 cases of suspicious betting on sporting events, led by tennis with 73 cases and followed by football with 19,” ESSA explained.

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