The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has reported 33 suspicious matches to authorities during the first quarter of 2019.

The GLMS, which is comprised of European Lotteries and World Lottery Association members, revealed that a total of 198 betting alerts were generated during the period.

Of these, 12 were the result of suspicious odds changes which were mainly reported during in-play, while 63 alerts related to significant odds changes that did not lead to an integrity concern after further investigation and analysis.

A further 62 alerts were created due to team related news, motivation adjustments or wrong opening prices, while the remainder were a result of information or requests from members or partners.

Football generated the most alerts during Q1 with 128 alerts, followed by basketball with 37 and ice hockey with 14.

GLMS explained that its operations team generates an alert each time an irregularity in terms of betting patterns is detected. This is followed by a thorough consultation with GLMS members, as well as a deeper investigation on potential grounds that could justify the irregularity detected in the odds change.

When the irregularity cannot be justified on objective grounds, and the information received from GLMS members (also regarding the money flows) further indicate an irregularity, then GLMS' operations team reports the issue to the relevant authorities.

During Q1, the GLMS reported 33 suspicious matches to its partners out of the 198 alerts generated.

The majority of these were from football, with 12 matches reported to UEFA and eight matches to FIFA. The remainder were shared with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), La Liga, the E-sports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), Interpol, RFEF Victoria Police, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) or local gaming regulators.

“GLMS is a global integrity association and, therefore, it is of the utmost importance for us to be fully transparent regarding the results of our monitoring and intelligence activities,” said GLMS president Ludovico Calvi. “2019 started very dynamically for GLMS, having reported a significant number of suspicious matches to all our members and partners. GLMS shall go on making its best efforts to further enhance the quality of our integrity operations, in the highest interest of sport Ethics and the credibility of sport.”