Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Malta Muscat Mafia Matchfixing Murder

Introduction

Our research over the last quarter of a century has always revealed one infrastructural reality in criminal states - whatever the holistic of the corruption, oil, drugs, arms, tax evasion, financial market abuses, the criminalities ALWAYS spread over to matchfixing and corruption in football.

Fraud forensics of the global betting markets reveal that systemic matchfixing of Malta international football matches began after Joseph Muscat was made Prime Minister in 2013.


This systemic structure is robust and reveals an inner core of three bookmakers and a penumbra of other market operatives who understand where the matchfixing information resides.


As shown below, Maltese government links with 'Ndrangheta over the betting sector on the island are widespread with officials oscillating between business, mafia and government with impunity.


Investigative journalists are digging deep into these state mafia structures and, when they unearth truths that cannot be made public, they pay the ultimate price as discovered by Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta last October and Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova in Slovakia in February this year.


We owe it these two brave journalists to expose their governments and the associated crime links for what they truly are...

... a representation of mafia states within the EU.

Malta

Malta has a population of 437,000 (smaller than the city of Stoke) and yet has over 500 betting operations housed on the island. The betting sector is worth 1.2 billion euros, employs 9,000 people and represents 12% of GDP. The gaming sector saw growth of 11.6% in 2017.

Malta was the first country in Europe to ease the entry process for online gambling firms in 2004.

According to Europol, the 'Ndrangheta uses online bookmakers in the country for large scale money laundering related to their domination of the global cocaine trade (the 'Ndrangheta makes an estimated 26.4 billion euros from cocaine annually).

The laissez faire approach of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has attracted the very worst sorts of bookmaker to the island. A SIGMA (Summit in I-Gaming in Malta) press release in 2014 gushed over the "... strategic confluence of financial, legal, technological and cultural factors which successive administrations moulded over the years, and which ultimately tipped the odds in favour of gaming companies deciding to locate here [in Malta]".

Muscat

Systemic matchfixing of Malta international football matches was instigated shortly after Joseph Muscat became Maltese Prime Minister in March 2013.

Linkages were made initially with Bookmaker A  after a friendly game between Gibraltar and Malta in June 2014 before being superseded by arrangements orchestrated via Azerbaijan to bookmakers B and C (based in the Philippines and Gibraltar). A third Maltese-based bookmaker (Bookmaker D) was added to this cartel controlling the matchfixing of Malta's games.
This new cartel was established following a Euro 2016 Qualifier between Azerbaijan and Malta in March 2015. Bookmaker A were then cut out of the deal.

Out of 32 international matches since the original association with Bookmaker A, only four haven't been matchfixing events - the other 28 matches have all been fixed.

Prior to Muscat becoming Prime Minister, there was no evidence of systemic matchfixing in Malta games although certain matches against 'friendly' nations were corrupted e.g. the game against England in 2000 which was internally corrupted by UK-based soccer agents.

All market professionals are aware of this systemic structure.
The information feeds through the primary bookmaking mafia to derivative bookies who piggy-back the corruption for financial gain.
Although B from Philippines, C from Gibraltar and D from Malta orchestrate the matchfixing, other firms in Britain, Gibraltar, SE Asia demonstrate their knowledge of the matchfixing via their market positions.

Time to introduce Keith Schembri, the chief of staff to PM Joseph Muscat. Schembri's remote gaming interests allowed him to channel gaming profits into secret companies in tax havens.

In April 2016, the Australian Financial Review focused on Schembri's links with gaming companies (as well as his involvement in Camorra and Cosa Nostra-backed recycling and waste management in India and Dubai - a favoured money laundering structure). Schembri completed a full house by the benefits he gained from 'Ndrangheta control of betting on the island.

A chief of staff in any government should not engage in business interests at all let alone interests linked to all three primary Italian mafia entities.

Daphne Caruana Galizia's exposure of Schembri was backed up by the Financial Investigation and Analysis Unit (FIAU), a Maltese government agency, which as a result of this support was left without a director for seven months hence halting all money laundering investigations against senior members of both the main political parties on the island. Under its previous director, Manfred Galdes, the FIAU had closely investigated Schembri and his secret offshore dealings in the British Virgin Isles, Gibraltar, Cyprus and Panama, and bank accounts in other territories. The illicit trusts were used, among other things, to launder money received as kickbacks from Russian mafia to gain Maltese passports (at a cost of 650,000 euros fee to Maltese government plus 150,000 euros invested in government bonds and purchase of a property of minimum value 350,000 euros).
After Galdes resigned, purely by chance so did the Police Commissioner, the latter being replaced by a Muscat ally, Lawrence Cutajar.

Daphne Caruana Galizia: "... the chances that the police will do their duty in acting on the investigation results presented to them by the FIAU recede even further. At this point, it is safe to assume that there is a very high risk of the FIAU investigation report into the Prime Minister's chief of staff and Minister Konrad Mizzi, that is in the possession of the Police Commissioner, being destroyed or otherwise disposed of."

It should be noted that the FIAU is an investigatory body with no power to prosecute and is chaired by the Attorney General "who is in a conflicting position in his role as legal counsel to the government" which is under investigation.

Whitewash.

Mafia

"Mafia organisations were the first western businesses to develop long-term relationships with communist regimes and used them to gain a foothold in the east. Although they could not buy property during communist rule, the mafia could rely on two other things: political corruption, to facilitate their illegal traffic, and a near monopoly on the black market in western goods illegally smuggled into eastern bloc countries" - Roberto Saviano

This power only increased post-1989.
Bookmaker D, for example, ran slots and casinos in eastern Europe but, from 1986 onwards, the 'Ndrangheta moved in imposing huge losses leading to an eventual liquidation of all operations in the east in 1992.

'Ndrangheta mafia have also taken over swathes of the bookmaking fraternity in Malta for money laundering purposes in recent years following numerous crackdowns by the authorities in Italy. There have been 15 mafia style assassinations and car bombings in the last decade prior to Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder.

Daphne Caruana Galizia: "Money launderers are being forced out of Italy's gaming market because regulation there has become so tight in the fight against organised crime."

The  'Ndrangheta had a number of their betting licences revoked in Malta after Caruana Galizia's exposure of the infiltration of  the Maltese gambling sector by Italian mafia.

In June 2017, as a result of research by Caruana Galizia, 1128Bet had their licence suspended due to Italian mafia infiltration.
Previously, several members of the 'Ndrangheta were arrested in Malta in 2015 and extradited to Italy because they were caught laundering money through remote gaming companies.

Betuniq and BetSolution4U had their licences suspended on July 22nd 2015 having been undertaking money laundering in Malta for four years. But these suspensions were only due to the actions of Italian police and not any Maltese authority. Two billion euros of assets were seized from the 'Ndrangheta.

In transcripts of telephone conversations between two Camorra clans, Bastian Dalli (the criminal brother of former Malta Cabinet Minister and European Commissioner John Dalli) is described as "the brother of the Maltese Prime Minister" and is named as the Camorra contact for Malta - "he is the one you should contact to set up a gaming company in Malta for money laundering purposes." In Italy, 1500 betting shops, 82 online gambling sites, 60 other companies and quantities of real estate were seized as evidence of this mafia-led tax evasion.

John Dalli's henchman Iosif Galea, a former employee of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (a precursor to the Malta Gaming Authority) was the key official for BetSolutions4U. When this scandal broke he was given a comfortable position within government.
A regulator was responsible for the corruption rather than working against it.

In November 2009, Italian police were closing in on Bet1128 in the UK. This company was owned by ParadiseBet. The family of Vito Martiradonna, who was convicted of being affiliated to Sacra Corona Unita in 2007, had hidden assets by taking advantage of Malta's lax online gambling regulations. ParadiseBet successfully sold 1128Bet and 11 other assets to Malta-based CenturionBet for 10 million pounds - a figure that does not appear anywhere in ParadiseBet's accounts. Michele Martiradonna was the main shareholder in ParadiseBet and the sale of the assets left nothing in the UK for the police to seize.

In the summer of 2017, the licences of CenturionBet and 1128Bet were finally suspended by the entirely inadequate MGA, nearly a decade after they had started money laundering operations in Malta.

Operation 'Jonny', an Italian anti-mafia sting carried out in May 2017, linked CenturionBet to the 'Ndrangheta who earned 1.3 million pounds over 18 months after the betting company allowed access to its systems to Kroton Games (another 'Ndrangheta company) who successfully laundered huge amounts of money via the structure.

Matchfixing

The first fixed match of the Muscat era was inevitably the battle of two Commonwealth crime islands - Gibraltar versus Malta on June 4th 2014.

We have been reliably informed that the control of future Malta international matches was discussed in Gibraltar during this dalliance and passed to a major UK bookmaker.

This control only lasted for nine months however.

The cartel created in Baku in March 2015 was far more resilient and long-lasting featuring bookmakers from Malta, Gibraltar and the Philippines. Our primary broker has shown a member of our network details of the structure put in place.

Out of 23 matches since the Baku meeting, market stances undertaken by Bookmakers B, C and D have exposed 49 positions against the market and only one of these failed to be landed (on the match between Malta and Scotland in September 2016).

The database is full of agreed draws, control of the Asian Handicap markets on events with major differentials between the nations, a variety of other internal fixes and some events that were totally under control (i.e. both teams and the match officials were inside the fix).

Matches against 'associated' countries and linked associations were particularly sought - the events against Gibraltar, Estonia, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Ukraine spring to mind.

Of particular interest are the links to Britain.
Bookmakers A and C were initially established in Britain.
A Premier League club owner is involved in betting on these fixed Malta internationals via Bookmaker C.
A matchfixing football agent has very consolidated mafia links both in Britain and Malta and, we understand, ████████████████████████████████████████.
This same agent utilises Malta for Third Party Ownership illegalities relating to players and to gain EU passports for players who otherwise would be excluded from the EU countries.

Murder

On October 16th 2017, Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered as a result of her investigative journalism revealing that Malta had evolved into a mafia state https://daphnecaruanagalizia.com/.

On the day prior to her murder, Neville Gafa (of Muscat's office) had followed Daphne Caruana Galizia's vehicle around the island photographing her with the images appearing on Facebook. Despite this malicious stalking being reported to the police, no action was taken.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was one of the lead journalists analysing the Panama Papers which revealed extensive offshore tax evasion by our global elite at just one offshore operation Mossack Fonseca. Among those exposed were numerous senior figures in Maltese business and politics including Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, his chief of staff Keith Schembri and former Health and Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi. For example, Muscat's wife is the beneficial owner of a company in Panama and large sums of money were moved between there and the Aliyev proto-fascist state of Azerbaijan while senior members of the Labour Party had money hidden through a web of companies in Panama and trusts in New Zealand.

Matthew Caruana Galizia (one of Daphne's three sons) doesn't trust the police to properly investigate her death stating "... there has been a takedown of the rule of law here. There has been a capture of the state by corrupt and criminal corporations. The institutions do not work. There is a climate of impunity." Another son Paul adds that "if the government doesn't want to be investigated, it won't be investigated." The family have called for the resignations of the Prime Minister, the Senior Police Commissioner and the Attorney General.

Malign and criminal interests have turned Malta into a mafia state...
... a mafia state tax haven within the EU.
It is a strange situation when the EU offers subsidies to a member state which deprives other member states of tax revenues.

Coda

The mafia never kills non-mafiosi just for vendetta. There is always another aim - to eliminate a person who has discovered something that must not be discovered. When a mafia infects a state, it is still the state that orders the murders. But the mafia, above all, is an entity that wishes to exhibit power in place of the state.

A quote that we have repeatedly utilised before from Sicilian magistrate Nino di Matteo sums up the situation: "We live in a mafia state - a state that, in order to preserve the status quo, has to remove whistleblowers who want justice. We want to know the reason for the silence of the mainstream media - why are they frightened to the degree they become accomplices in (and beneficiaries of) the corruption? We must rebel against this system and this mafia method."

The day after Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered, former Maltese international footballer Darren Debono (who played 52 times for his country) was arrested on Lampedusa relating to the mafia-based diesel smuggling operation after having his phone tapped for two years by Italian authorities.

Debono played against England in a fixed friendly international in 2000 (an England squad including Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, Martin Keown, Phil and Gary Neville, and managed by Kevin Keegan). England won 2-1 in a non-trying event with keeper Richard Wright giving away two penalties. Wright is represented, unsurprisingly, by the Stellar Agency.

In Maltese society corruption is endemic and it should be no surprise to see lucrative betting market and matchfixing opportunities being exploited by state, business and mafia together with multiple crossover of links with other areas of corruption.

What to do?

We are making submissions to the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament to terminate the membership of the Maltese Labour Party based on the state-based mafia activities on the island.

Furthermore, Reporters Sans Frontieres have written to the British Prime Minister Theresa May to ask her to use the British chairpersonship of the Commonwealth which starts in April 2018 to prioritise the safety of journalists exposing corruption.

But against such entities, all methods need to be built into strategy.

For example, there are a lot of anti-corruption hackers on this planet and it has been brought to our attention that the Maltese elite are so busy hiding their ill-gotten gains that they exhibit excessive cybernetic sloppiness.

And hackers gonna hack!

Just saying...

The Slovakian government has reacted to the murder of Jan Kuciak...
...the Maltese government not only ignores the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia but actively mock the family and others who are trying to uncover the truth about her assassination.

But as the Grugq says: "A famous criminal is a failure."

It is not known whether he was referring to Muscat or Schembri.
Or both.

Timeline of Corruption

2004 - Malta eases entry for online gaming.

           Bookmaker D gains gaming licence in Malta.

2008 - Joseph Muscat becomes leader of the Maltese Labour Party.

           Mafia bookmaker Bet1128 formed and located in London.

2009 - Italian police close in on Bet1128.

           Bet1128 illegally taken over by Maltese-based 'Ndrangheta bookmaker CenturionBet.

2010 - Bookmaker D open a Development Office in the Philippines.

2012 - April 12th: Azerbaijan develops stronger ambassadorial links with Philippines.

2013 - March 9th: Joseph Muscat is elected as Prime Minister of Malta.

           A friendly football match is arranged between Azerbaijan and Malta for August 14th.

2014 - April 20th: Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo met with top Maltese officials during a two day state visit.

           June 4th: After a friendly football match between Gibraltar and Malta which was a rigged match, control of matchfixing of future Maltese Internationals is given to a UK bookmaker (Bookmaker A).

           December 15th-16th 2014 - PM Joseph Muscat visits Azerbaijan to sign oil and gas agreement with Ilham Aliyev.

2015 - March 28th: Following a match between Azerbaijan and Malta in Baku, an arrangement is reached for future control of matchfixing of Malta international matches to pass to a Philippines-based bookmaker (Bookmaker B)  together with Gibraltar-based firm Bookmaker C, and Maltese-based Bookmaker D.

           April 28th-29th: PM Muscat attends the Baku Global Forum and was received by Aliyev.

           July 22nd: BetUniq and BetSolutions4U have their Maltese licences rescinded for money laundering and members of the 'Ndrangheta are arrested and extradited.

           September 6th: An agreed draw between Malta and Azerbaijan in a Euro 2016 Qualifier where the outcome was in the market pre-match.

           Muscat is made Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II.

           November 27th: Muscat becomes Chairperson-in-Office of the Commonwealth.

2016 - March: ████████████████████████████████████████

           March 24th: A matchfixing event and agreed draw between Malta and Moldova.

           April: The Australian Financial Review focused on Muscat's chief of staff Keith Schembri's links with gaming companies (as well as his involvement in Camorra and Cosa Nostra-backed recycling and waste management in India and Dubai).

           August 31st: Another agreed draw and matchfixing operation in match between Estonia and Malta.

2017 - A sevenfold increase in Filippinos living in Malta in the 3 years since 2014.

           April 9th:  ██████████████████████████████████████████████

           May: Operation 'Jonny' an Italian anti-mafia operation links 1128Bet and CenturionBet to money laundering by 'Ndrangheta. Their licences are revoked in June.

           June 3rd: Muscat is reappointed as prime minister of Malta.

           June 6th: An insider trading fixed match sees Malta win 1-0 in Ukraine with the Bookmaker Cartel (B, C and D) cleaning up financially. Ukraine's price was 1/25.

           June 6th:  Following Muscat's re-election, SkyBet apply for a Maltese betting licence alongside two other major global betting brands.

           October 15th: Neville Gafa, of PM Joseph Muscat's office, follows Daphne Caruana Galizia around throughout the day photographing images of her that were later posted on Facebook.

           October 16th: Daphne Caruana Galizia is assassinated mafia-style in a massive car bomb near her home,

           October 17th: Italian police arrest former Maltese international footballer Darren Debono over a mafia-based diesel smuggling operation from Libya - his phone had been tapped for two years.

           November 21st: A complaint is made to Maltese police over the trailing of Caruana Galizia by Muscat on the day prior to her death. The police bury the complaint and no action is taken.

2018 - January 18th: The Maltese government announces that relations between Malta and the Philippines have reached "unprecedented levels of interaction and cooperation".

           January 29th: ██████████████████████████████████████████

February 25th: The bodies of Slovakian investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his partner Martina Kusnirova are found after a killing attributed to 'Ndrangheta mafia.

          March 12th: Three Slovakian government ministers resign following the assassination of Kuciak.

          March 15th: Robert Fico resigns as Slovakian prime minister.
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Monday, 26 February 2018

If... Then Football Is Fixed




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Monday, 8 January 2018

Robust Video Technology Is Needed To Save Football From The Mafia

Robust Video Technology Is Needed To Save Football From The Mafia


A very rare fusion article created by 'Football is Fixed' and the 'Infamous Wu Shu Hackers'



"When one game can attract 10 BILLION quid in bets, what makes anyone believe that the result isn't dictated by bookies? Or nobbled by bent referees? Or thrown by some players and coaches? And covered up by pundits with inside info?" - Henry Clarson (@HenryClarson).

Tonight video technology finally makes an appearance in English football.

Football is Fixed first called for the introduction of such technology in January 2007 so we feel justified in having something to say on the matter.

So, we're going to do that very thing...
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Preface

Mike 'Kipper' Riley, the compromised director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB), claims in the mainstream media today that match officials get 96% of decisions correct.

Even if we are to accept his word, it is an arbitrary statistic to combine goal-kicks and throw-ins with red cards and penalties.

So let's take a look at the performance of Riley's boys since the New Year window in live televised Premier League matches:-

Dec 30th 2017 - Manchester United 0 Southampton 0 (United denied a clear handball penalty by Craig Pawson - the result was known in the betting markets pre-match)

Dec 31st 2017 - Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 0 (Jonathan Moss gives Palace a fallacious penalty and then fails to send off Palace player Puncheon for an assault on de Bruyne. SE Asian bookmakers were aware of this outcome pre-game as were numerous members of the BT Sport crew despite the fact that Manchester City had just won 19 consecutive league games)

Dec 31st 2017 - West Bromwich Albion 1 Arsenal 1 (Mike Dean gives a 89th minute equalising penalty to the Albion with a ludicrous call of handball - outcome known pre-match)

Jan 2nd 2018 - Swansea City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Spurs first goal was a metre offside but the assistant to Robert Madley thought otherwise - Spurs were heavily backed in key markets)

Jan 3rd 2018 - Arsenal 2 Chelsea 2 (Hazard dives to win an equalising penalty shortly after Chelsea had fallen behind but Anthony Taylor is Anthony Taylor and Craig Pawson was the 4th Official - there was significant dark pool activity against an Arsenal victory)

Jan 4th 2018 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 West Ham United 1 (a Mike Dean spectacular with Spurs being denied half a dozen second half penalty shouts before they managed to equalise as a result of a foul on West Ham's Lanzini - this was another event with dark pool power dominating the outcome)

There were 8 televised Premier League games in this window and the results of six of the matches were heavily affected by refereeing errors and these results were all known by top tier market professionals before a ball had been kicked.

It is these live games, of course, that have the greatest global betting volume (up to £10 billion for Arsenal vs Chelsea, for example).

And it is this degree of betting volume that is the reason that a robust form of video technology must be implemented. We cannot continue in a world where referees earning £2K per week are coerced or persuaded to aid market participants in multi-billion pound global betting markets.

It is this financial discrepancy that guarantees matchfixing and corruption.

https://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/something-is-rotten-in-state-of-britain_3.html

Anyway.
96% you reckon, Kipper?

And the fun continued into the FA Cup Third Round televised games.

The matches Fleetwood Town vs Leicester City and Newport County vs Leeds United were matchfixing events whose outcomes existed in the SE Asian markets pre-match - in the latter game, the disturbing 100% positive correlation between the market stance of a certain SE Asian bookmaker and the key in-play decisions made by Mike Dean continued.

Elsewhere on the television, the Magic of the Cup gave us Liverpool being given a fictitious penalty against Everton courtesy of Mr Madley and Mr Moss.
And Nottingham Forest were given two penalties, one entirely fake, as they defeated Arsenal. Additionally, the second penalty should have been disallowed for a 'double-kick' by the taker and a free kick given to Arsenal but not in the world of Mr Moss.

For Arsenal, this was the third game in a row that match officials have rumbled them which will teach Arsene Wenger to talk about the honesty and integrity of officials!
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Introduction

In January 2007, we blogged: "The use of technology to prevent erroneous decisions by the match officials in the Premier League needs to be urgently addressed by the authorities. Other sports have successfully incorporated the use of video replays without any loss of excitement in the game but football refuses to embrace technology. This extends to FIFA and UEFA too."

The referees and their assistants have too much control and influence in games. Poor decisions not only affect outcomes, titles, promotion and relegation issues but also the careers of the participants.

Matchfixing in the Premier League (EPL) is the elephant in the room. When we speak to managers, chief executives, agents, administrators, government or mainstream media, the discussion always centres around matchfixing. 

But the EPL and the PGMOB do not want video technology in English football. Furthermore, they do not support the elements of the FA that have been calling for the implementation.

The core group of the PGMOB comprises just 15 individuals who officiate nearly 95% of EPL matches (including all the high betting volume tv events) and are frequently present as 4th officials at other games. This structure is primed for corruption.

Additionally, one individual who hides in the shadows selects referees for all EPL games.
One man!

In the other major leagues there is a proper assessment of referees and they are demoted in the close season if they are perceived to be problematical. They are also expected to retire at 45 years of age whereas the most impactful PGMOB officials are all pushing 50.

Keith Hackett, the former head of the PGMOB, has publicised the fact that Hawk-Eye has been ready for implementation since 2008 but foot dragging by the powers-that-be has energised numerous travesties of justice.

If the Premier League/ PGMOB are going to continue to insist on such a small grouping of referees then the potential market power of these referees has to be compromised repeatedly.

A mafia angle is as follows:-
If your business practices gravitate towards grey and black markets, why on earth wouldn't you seek control of a Premier League referee?
Twenty five games per season, with an average global liquidity in the several hundreds of millions of pounds for each match.

Direct market control over each of these events.
Tempting eh?

Video technology would make the game cleaner as it would be difficult for a crooked official to maintain a patently incorrect decision in the face of repeated video evidence.
'Errors' are too frequently the result of corruption.

There are those in the game who prefer for psychopathic, singular or cartelised control of match outcomes.
For this purpose, human input is far more malleable, shall we say, than Hawk-Eye.

Why choose human error over technological near-certainty?
Why wouldn't you want to improve the integrity of the game?
Really.
Why...?

When an entirely illogical infrastructure is being proposed, and when some of the individuals and organisations involved in the early experimentation of such an infrastructure have form, so to speak, the standard sousveillance techniques come into play.
Who stands to gain most from an expansion in the format of the corrupt template?
Who loses?
Additionally, who would lose the most if advanced technologies were chosen over flawed, and sometimes corrupted, humans?

It is an interesting aside to see which football talking heads line up on which side of the fence in the video technology debate. In fact, we would go further and claim that anybody who opposes video technology should be regarded with heightened suspicion!

This is a major battle over the future integrity of the game of football.
It is by no means the only battle.

Keir Radnedge on the alleged 'buying' of Bayern Munchen and the matchfixing of the Second Leg of the UEFA Cup Semi Final against Zenit Leningrad in 2008: "Even if we believe it never happened, the fact that there are more and more, richer and richer, organisations out there are cause for concern. No country, no competition is safe."
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Holistics of Video Technology

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein speaking in 2007: "There is technology today, it’s been introduced in tennis and they can’t tell me technology is not there. Forty years ago, America put a man on the moon. So the technology is there."

The Laws of the Game, whether football, cricket or whatever, remain largely unchanged.
The Rules are much more malleable though.
And the Rules dominate the Laws to the extent that the Laws become a simulacrum of their true meaning, contorted to suit the requirements of the markets dictating the sports.

It is more critical for football to have video technology than cricket, tennis or rugby yet the authorities have refused to introduce anything more than goal line technology. Why?

An incorrect wicket in cricket, line call in tennis or try in rugby is rarely a match changing event yet those sports guard against such occurrences by using technology...
... in football a goal or a penalty or a sending off very frequently is a match changing event and yet we have virtually nothing.

Up to 40 wickets in a Test Match, 240 points in a tennis match, half a dozen tries in a game of rugby...
... and one goal.

Furthermore, because professional footballers are well aware of the corruptions taking place, once a referee signals his corrupted intent, there is a psychological deflation in the victim team. The sport is literally destroyed.

The most striking aspect of watching cricket or rugby is how fan conversation always relates to the game itself due to the utilisation of video technology for virtually all contentious decisions.
This serves to produce the correct result, massively reduce corruption and act as a measurement of performance of referees and umpires.

The argument that it would slow down the game is fatuous.
The argument that football has to be officiated to the same template from the Premier League all the way up to amateur Sunday League games is bizarre and is indicative of the weakness of the anti-video technology crowd - amateur refs aren't miked up, they don't have goal line technology, there isn't a 4th official or match observer hidden away in a room surrounded by television screens.
Grow up with your fake arguments.

Video technology would add excitement if marketed correctly.
The Premier League would be able to bombard us with messages from their media partners while we waited to see if it is a penalty or not!

The entities that gain from lack of video technology are, in no particular order of merit - UEFA, FIFA, the Premier League, corrupt referees, corrupt bookmakers, insider gamblers, underground criminalised betting markets, global mafia groups, corrupt football agents, dodgy committee men...
... while the losers are the fans, the integrity of the game and those within the sport outside the corrupt inner loops.

In season 2012/13, Dutch referee Serdar Gozubuyuk called for the introduction of video technology to help officials make the correct decisions after he denied Ajax Amsterdam two certain penalties in their home draw against Heerenveen.
The Amsterdam giants felt they should have been awarded a spot kick after Ramon Zomer handled the ball early in the first half, while they also called for a penalty after a foul on Christian Eriksen just inside the area.

"This seems pretty clear. I cannot see the incident properly because I'm looking at (Lasse) Schone's back," Gozubuyuk told Eredivisie Live after reviewing Zomer's handball.

"If it's up to me we would introduce video technology as soon as possible. That will prevent this kind of situation where I have to explain decisions that I could not see properly.

"We are all ready for the introduction of video technology. It's starting to become annoying to be criticised for decisions we have to take in a split second. Everybody else gets the chance to see an incident five or six times before judging."

The Dutch introduced a trial involving a video referee addressing match decisions at 24 top flight games in 2013/14. The results were hugely encouraging resulting in gross chameleon Sepp Blatter changing his mind to be in favour of video technology on the eve of the 2014 World Cup Finals.
A colleague in Holland has stated that the referral system could be implemented within 15 seconds and would have removed all controversy from the matches trialled.
Other sports also successfully implement video technology without the fabric of the competitive event being blown apart - tennis, rugby league, rugby union, horseracing, athletics, cricket etc.

An interesting impact of the Dutch experiment in 2013/14 was that the volatility of match outcome would have diminished markedly if the video ref had been able to overrule the match referee. Think about that. The price set by the global marketplace on a game is more accurate once integrity is reintroduced via taking power away from the referee. We prepared an internal research paper on this point as it is significant.

Our colleagues at Match Fixing Analytics have extended this research to the current implementations of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in Italy's Serie A and the German Bundesliga. Although the mechanics of the VAR process need to be made more efficient, the process is working - there is greater integrity in the result of the game. And VAR will be used in this season's Copa del Rey and next season's La Liga in Spain.

Germany, of course, is different. A member of the Infamous Wu Shu Hackers contacted the DFB in season 2015/16 to report a systemic corruption involving some match officials and the situation was remedied.
Instantly.
ScudamoreWorld has a lot to learn from the Bundesliga.
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The Delay in the Introduction of VAR in England

The Premier League is more than under-managed. It is an autocracy that answers to some very dubious masters.

The arguments for and against digital technologies being used in football are all superfluous.
There is only one overriding factor, a super-parameter.
It is one of those decisions that has only one logical input.
Integrity.
Football is already teetering on the edge of becoming horseracing, some leagues eg the English Premiership are now analytically identical to the modelling used in British horserace markets!
How weird is that?
Digital and video technologies are the only salvation.

In effect, the English Premier League and the Scottish Premier League, via their respective control of the Football Association and the Scottish FA, have been able to block all and any changes to the Laws of the Game with the support of just one other IFAB member.

Paul Gardner: "How can it be justified having the game's rules decided by a somnolent clique that includes permanent representatives from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland [sic], but no guaranteed presence from other countries that really matter [!], like Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Italy or Spain?"

With Britain a primary base for the corruption of betting markets throughout Europe, it makes no sense for the Home Countries to have such a say in the imposition of Rules that usurp the Laws of the Game.

Since 2003, Angel Maria Villar Llona, the Spanish FIFA vice-President and Chairman of the Referees' Committee, has been involved in IFAB meetings - that was until July 2017 when he was arrested on corruption charges, imprisoned and banned for one season.

It is surely of relevance to the whole discussion that Javier Tebas, the Spanish La Liga president, believes that some bodies wish to hide the reality of matchfixing. Speaking in October 2016, Tebas said: "... there are also some important institutions that want to hide the problem. Our integrity department in La Liga, for example, last weekend detected match-fixing activity in the third division. We detected the problem and communicated it to the responsible authority, but they chose to hide it, probably because they don't want to recognise that this problem exists, even in the lower division."

The Stalinism continues with media silence, no interviews, hush money paid at end of referee's careers, no public ratings from internal assessments and generally no punishment for miscreants.
Additionally, since the beginning of season 2013/14, all match officials have been miked up to a secretive network which we will term the EPL Match Centre. All kick offs are coincident and referees are aided (or abetted) by other officials with access to tv replays.

Two points...
Firstly, this was illegal under the Laws of the Game.
Secondly, to what template have the decisions been made if made under such secrecy?

In a desperate attempt to keep fans on message, the mainstream media entirely ignores matchfixing in England despite journalists getting some of their leaks/stories from individuals who are orchestrating the matchfixing.
The tv pundits are worse!
#########, ############## and Robbie Savage work for bookmakers, Danny Murphy is in an extracurricular affair with a matchfixing agent, Michael Owen used to be bookie for the England team (linked to Goldchip private bookmakers), Steve McManaman was a business associate of money laundering fraudster Carson Yeung and Gary Lineker is, well, Gary Lineker.
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A Real Solution

Former Liberal Democrat MP Sir Bob Russell said that English professional football is "rotten to the core" and that a Royal Commission is required to clean up football with "parasitic agents" being the major problem.

The mainstream media-led arguments around VAR are peripheral to a better future for football.
The implementation of VAR must not be internalised between match officials miked up together in their own murky private universe.

The fans should be able to hear what the officials are saying to one another (as in rugby union).
Managers should be able to appeal two decisions per half (as in tennis and cricket).

There also needs to be a new institution established.

In 2014 Terry Steans, the former head of investigations at FIFA, wrote an article in the Daily Telegraph calling for the establishment of a sporting integrity unit to address matchfixing
 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/10918411/Football-match-fixing-We-need-a-sporting-integrity-unit-to-stamp-out-corruption.html.

We would go further.
More than ##% of Premier League teams have utilised Performance Enhancing Substances (PESs) this season and Leicester City won the fake league title partially based on doping.
UK Anti Doping (UKAD) is not fit for purpose and should be disbanded - we've had one Chris Froome too many already.

Instead, we call for a new independent entity to address both matchfixing and doping.
Let's call it ANTI - Analytics Networking Transparency Integrity - for a starter.
Terry Steans would be an excellent individual to run this body.
He understands that football is fixed and that all of the matchfixing 'integrity' bodies are fake and suffer from investigatory and regulatory capture - the FA Betting Integrity Unit, Federbet, Early Warning and Sportradar are a part of the problem not the cure.

ANTI should also include support for whistleblowers as we are all taking serious existential risks to expose these corruptions and when taking on mafia-based systemic corruptions you are literally putting your life on the line.
 https://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/manus-manum-lavat-homage-to.html

In 2016, our late lawyer David McNeight communicated with then Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne about the systemic nature of the corruption in British football.

The Deep State in Britain seems to prefer corruption in their primary agendas - systemic arms dealing (as revealed by Andrew Feinstein in his book 'Shadow World'), City of London based market corruptions (fucking with the Libor rate, for example), money laundering via a global array of offshore financial centres (the very same centres where those corrupting English football launder and tax evade their winnings) and, nowadays, an attempt to take control of the global betting markets linked to football particularly via those rogue islands of Malta and Gibraltar.

Osborne was put between a rock and a hard place by our legal intrusions into the systemic corruption underpinning British football but he elected to profit the status quo rather than the Treasury which was an input to the end of his political career.
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Conclusion

We started by saying that we have demanded VAR since 2007.
By implementing a variety of delaying tactics in the intervening decade, the Premier League have allowed over 4000 games to be up for grabs for the criminal underworld and their stooges within the sport.

There are random realities and fake realities.
And the production of fake realities allow markets to be controlled by mafia and fortunes made.

It is with some twisted amusement that we view the first VAR experiment this evening:-

Brighton and Hove Albion - owned by professional gambler Tony Bloom who, backed by his ##### sibling, has been able to create a wealth of getting on for a billion pounds out of the black hole of murky football.
Crystal Palace - currently testing the legalities of doping as they have morphed from the least fit team prior to the November international break to the second fittest now, under the tutelage of Roy Hodgson who is joined at the hip to one particularly corrupt Scottish football agent and his equally corrupt PGMOB poodle referee.
And the first VAR referee is none other than Neil Swarbrick, who is also associated with the very same football agent and who was voted by our network as the most problematical PGMOB referee of 2017.

We expect a little spectacular to undermine VAR in the FA Cup and League Cup Semi Finals...
... some convoluted theatre to enable a longer window for the corruption of the sport.

In 2009, the Economist produced an article on organised crime in Britain.
As it is organised crime that is defiling our sports, some of the newspapers' points resonate with regard to football.

"Organised crime may do especially well... because it depends so heavily on the bribery of officials, reckons Michael Levi, a professor of criminology at Cardiff University. A poor border guard is easier to tempt than a rich one, and a struggling business may be persuaded to launder money."

And a referee who showed a preference for lady-boys in Bangkok on a pre-season Premier League tournament is owned for life...

Many of the most problematical PGMOB referees are nearing retirement and one Scottish football agent is behind the elevation of a whole new squad of compromised officials to the PGMOB Select Group. Some of these referees are of an age where they will be able to provide up to a quarter of a century of match manipulations to their handlers. It is critical for the future integrity of English football that VAR is introduced in a properly robust form with managerial review and open mikes to limit any such future systemic shenanigans.

Former leading refs Graham Poll and Keith Hackett have lacerated the current standard of PGMOB refs with the latter wanting Mike Riley removed from leadership of body and 5 officials stood down.
Hackett stated: "If [a manager] is at the bottom of the league then his job is at risk. At this moment in time he [Riley] is more than bottom. I am seeing a regression. The performances of the referees are not acceptable. He must carry the responsibility."

It is worthy of note that there will not be one single English referee at the World Cup in Russia.
It is also worthy of note that Mr Moss (a seemingly ever-present referee or 4th official on televised matches) was never able to reach UEFA/FIFA level.
So why do we have to put up with him?

William Gaillard, director of public affairs and communications at UEFA, a rather compromised individual himself, once commented: "The camera is not a faithful observer of reality, you have no idea of the impact, the intensity of the violence.".

Football Is Fixed: "The referee, his assistants and the 4th official are not faithful observers of reality, you have no idea of the impact, the intensity of the market manipulation."

Meanwhile Jérôme Valcke, FIFA's former secretary general who has since been arrested for "various acts of criminal mismanagement", claimed "Is there a risk the referee will not be as strong as he is today?"

You know what, mate, nobody cares about a referee's sense of personal power.
What we demand is integrity in the sport we love.
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Manus Manum Lavat - Homage To A Whistleblower




On October 16th, Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered as a result of her investigative journalism revealing that Malta had evolved into a mafia state https://daphnecaruanagalizia.com/.

Known as the "one-woman Wikileaks", Caruana Galizia had tirelessly exposed corruption on the crime island for three decades, and she continued her work after receiving the first threats on her life in 1996. Two weeks prior to her death, Caruana Galizia had filed a complaint to police after receiving further threats to her safety.

Daphne was that most-feared creature of our contemporary world of corruption, a solitary decider.

Her final blog entry read: "There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate."

Her death changes everything.
Her life was not for nothing.

There are currently three primary leads in the investigation into the assassination of Caruana Galizia:

* Her final investigative project addressed a diesel smuggling operation between Libya and Italy orchestrated by Sicilian mafia. By personnel and evidence, this illicit trade is linked to former Maltese international footballer Darren Debono.

* A cigarette smuggling cartel based in Cyprus and Malta linked to senior Maltese politicians and businessmen that leaves many unanswered questions.

* The  'Ndrangheta had a number of their betting licenses revoked in Malta after Caruana Galizia's exposure of the infiltration of  the Maltese gambling sector by Italian mafia.

Both the Sicilian mafia and the 'Ndrangheta are known for exhibiting their cowardice via massive car bombings - think Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in the former and see recent Maltese history for the latter.

In this post we are specifically going to focus on the third of these options as members of our extended network worked on the meta-analysis of bookmaker-based corruption in Malta.
However, it should be noted that numerous politicians, businessmen, mafia operatives, tax evaders and money launderers wanted this whistleblower dead and some threads of our narrative will expose such individuals for the financial terrorists that they are.
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Daphne Caruana Galizia was one of the lead journalists analysing the Panama Papers which revealed extensive offshore tax evasion by our global elite at just one offshore operation Mossack Fonseca. Among those exposed were numerous senior figures in Maltese business and politics including prime minister Joseph Muscat, his chief of staff Keith Schembri and former health and energy minister Konrad Mizzi. For example, Muscat's wife is the beneficial owner of a company in Panama and large sums of money were moved between there and the Aliyev proto-fascist state of Azerbaijan while senior members of the Labour Party had money hidden through a web of companies in Panama and trusts in New Zealand.
Caruana Galizia's final blog post focused on Schembri and the former leader of the opposition Simon Busuttil.

These leaders are responsible for the development of these gruesome conditions.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung: "Multinational companies are passing on profits to their Maltese subsidiaries, which then pretend to be doing business on the island. But in fact, all they do there is pay less tax ('letterbox companies'). According to calculations by the newspaper Malta Today, those European member states in which the profits were really generated lose 3.5 to 4 billion euros a year in taxes because of this system... Unconditional discretion and sedated bureaucracy: that is what protects the very special holiday paradises like Malta."

Malign and criminal interests have turned Malta into a mafia state...
... a mafia state tax haven within the EU.
It is a strange state of affairs when the EU offers subsidies to a member state which deprives other member states of tax revenues.
Much Italian mafia activity relating to money laundering has been exported to the island in recent years following numerous crackdowns by the authorities in Italy. There have been 15 mafia style assassinations and car bombings in the last decade prior to Caruana Galizia's murder.

The Maltese government has offered a one million euro reward and full protection for anybody with information regarding this murder although why any sane human being would trust the words of these state charlatans is another matter entirely. Matthew Caruana Galizia (one of Daphne's three sons) doesn't trust the police to properly investigate her death stating "... there has been a takedown of the rule of law here. There has been a capture of the state by corrupt and criminal corporations. The institutions do not work. There is a climate of impunity." Another son Paul adds that "if the government doesn't want to be investigated, it won't be investigated." The family have called for the resignations of the Prime Minister, the Senior Police Commissioner and the Attorney General.

Julian Assange and David Thake have also set up rewards for information leading to a conviction.

Island locations have become the crime centres of choice for global mafia networks and corruption merchants. Whether it is bookmakers in Singapore, Gibraltar, Isle of Man etc, or tax evasion in Jersey, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Isles etc, or the development of mafia client states in Cyprus and Malta etc, the island with its defined boundaries geographically, legally and financially is the ideal locus.

Aside from the heinous nature of this crime, Caruana Galizia's death should also serve as a warning to what is happening in numerous other EU countries where mafia are influencing the state.
In Sicily, Nino di Matteo has unearthed collusion between the Cosa Nostra and deep levels of the Italian state and, as a consequence, is under armed protection 24/7 as Tito Riina has announced a death sentence from the safety of his jail cell. Meanwhile Roberto Saviano, who spent a decade investigating Italian mafia, claims that the UK is the most corrupt country in the world. According to Saviano, the financial services industry in the City of London facilitates the system that backs up this claim and Football is Fixed's evidences of Deep State influenced systemic corruption in British football shares exactly the same template of corruption as that in the Square Mile of misery.

The mafia never kills non-mafiosi just for vendetta. There is always another aim - to eliminate a person who has discovered something that must not be discovered. When a mafia infects a state, it is still the state that orders the murders. But the mafia, above all, is an entity that wishes to exhibit power in place of the state.

A quote that we have utilised before from Sicilian magistrate Nino di Matteo sums up the situation: "We live in a mafia state - a state that, in order to preserve the status quo, has to remove whistleblowers who want justice. We want to know the reason for the silence of the mainstream media - why are they frightened to the degree they become accomplices in (and beneficiaries of) the corruption? We must rebel against this system and this mafia method."
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Malta has a population of 437,000 (smaller than the city of Stoke) and yet has over 500 betting operations housed on the island. The betting sector is worth 1.2 billion euros and represents 12% of GDP. Malta was the first country in Europe to ease the entry process for online gambling firms in 2004. According to Europol, the 'Ndrangheta uses this online betting hub for large scale money laundering related to their domination of the global cocaine trade (the 'Ndrangheta makes an estimated 26.4 billion euros from cocaine annually).
Caruana Galizia: "Money launderers are being forced out of Italy's gaming market because regulation there has become so tight in the fight against organised crime."

In June 2017, as a result of research by Caruana Galizia, 1128Bet had their license suspended due to Italian mafia infiltration.
Previously, several members of the 'Ndrangheta were arrested in Malta in 2015 and extradited to Italy because they were caught laundering money through remote gaming companies.
Betuniq and BetSolution4U had their licenses suspended on July 22nd 2015 having been undertaking money laundering in Malta for four years. But these suspensions were only due to the actions of Italian police and not any Maltese authority. Two billion euros of assets were seized from the 'Ndrangheta.
In transcripts of telephone conversations between two Camorra clans, Bastian Dalli (the criminal brother of former Malta Cabinet Minister and European Commissioner John Dalli) is described as "the brother of the Maltese Prime Minister" and is named as the Camorra contact for Malta - "he is the one you should contact to set up a gaming company in Malta for money laundering purposes". In Italy, 1500 betting shops, 82 online gambling sites, 60 other companies and quantities of real estate were seized as evidence of this mafia-led tax evasion.
John Dalli's henchman Iosif Galea, a former employee of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (a precursor to the Malta Gaming Authority) was the key official for BetSolutions4U. When this scandal broke he left the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) for a comfortable position within government.
A regulator was responsible for the corruption rather than working against it.

In November 2009, Italian police were closing in on Bet1128 in the UK. This company was owned by ParadiseBet. The family of Vito Martiradonna, who was convicted of being affiliated to Sacra Corona Unita in 2007, had hidden assets by taking advantage of Malta's lax online gambling regulations. ParadiseBet successfully sold 1128Bet and 11 other assets to Malta-based CenturionBet for 10 million pounds - a figure that does not appear anywhere in ParadiseBet's accounts. Michele Martiradonna was the main shareholder in ParadiseBet and the sale of the assets left nothing in the UK for the police to seize (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/04191516/officers).

Research by the Organised Crime and Corruption Research Project (OCCRP) showed that the Martiradonna family were linked to CenturionBet (and other related betting companies operating from the same Maltese address). CenturionBet's ownership moved repeatedly between different British Virgin Isles companies with the stated beneficial owner being Antonio Buontempo (a former employee of ParadiseBet).
In the summer of 2017, the licenses of CenturionBet and 1128Bet were finally suspended by the entirely inadequate MGA. Operation 'Jonny', an Italian anti-mafia sting carried out in May 2017, linked CenturionBet to the 'Ndrangheta who earned 1.3 million pounds over 18 months after the betting company allowed access to its systems to Kroton Games (another 'Ndrangheta company) who successfully laundered huge amounts of money via the structure.
Bet1128 were a rogue company from their formation in 2008 and the strategy from day one was money laundering and the refusal to honour winning wagers by punters (https://www.sportsbookreview.com/search/?q=bet1128 and https://www.sbo.net/scam-sportsbooks/bet1128-paradise-bet/).

The laissez faire approach of the MGA has attracted all the usual major European betting firms to the island including Ladbrokes and Betfair. A SIGMA (Summit in I-Gaming in Malta) press release in 2014 gushed over the "... strategic confluence of financial, legal, technological and cultural factors which successive administrations moulded over the years, and which ultimately tipped the odds in favour of gaming companies deciding to locate here [in Malta]".
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Time to focus a little bit more on Keith Schembri, the chief of staff to PM Joseph Muscat. Schembri's remote gaming interests allowed him to channel gaming profits into secret companies in tax havens.

In April 2016, the Australian Financial Review focused on Schembri's links with gaming companies (as well as his involvement in Camorra and Cosa Nostra-backed recycling and waste management in India and Dubai - a favoured money laundering structure). Schembri completed a full house by the benefits he gained from 'Ndrangheta control of betting on the island.

A chief of staff in any government should not engage in business interests at all let alone interests linked to all three primary Italian mafia entities.

Daphne Caruana Galizia's exposure of Schembri was backed up by the Financial Investigation and Analysis Unit (FIAU), a Maltese government agency, which as a result of this support was left without a director for seven months hence halting all money laundering investigations against senior members of both the main political parties on the island. Under its previous director, Manfred Galdes, the FIAU had closely investigated Schembri and his secret offshore dealings in the British Virgin Isles, Gibraltar, Cyprus and Panama, and bank accounts in other territories. The illicit trusts were used, among other things, to launder money received as kickbacks from Russian mafia to gain Maltese passports (at a cost of 650,000 euros fee to Maltese government plus 150,000 euros invested in government bonds and purchase of a property of minimum value 350,000 euros).
After Galdes resigned, purely by chance so did the Police Commissioner, the latter being replaced by a Muscat ally, Lawrence Cutajar.
Caruana Galizia: "... the chances that the police will do their duty in acting on the investigation results presented to them by the FIAU recede even further. At this point, it is safe to assume that there is a very high risk of the FIAU investigation report into the Prime Minister's chief of staff and Minister Konrad Mizzi, that is in the possession of the Police Commissioner, being destroyed or otherwise disposed of."
It should be noted that the FIAU is an investigatory body with no power to prosecute and is chaired by the Attorney General "who is in a conflicting position in his role as legal counsel to the government" which is under investigation. Whitewash.
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Claudio Antonelli and Gianluigi Nuzzi from their book 'Blood Ties: The Calabrian Mafia' interviewed former 'Ndrangheta member Pasquale Barreca about collusion between the Camorra, 'Ndrangheta, Cosa Nostra and the state: "... the most important point remains the union between the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta and the Sicilian mafia in sending out these signals [requesting dialogue with the state]. through interlocutors, including members of state organs, it is certainly possible to create the necessary mediation... In my day Cosa Nostra had far more power at the political level, without a doubt. Today that's no longer the case. The Calabrian bosses have found a way into the organs of government... the 'Ndrangheta has penetrated deep into the social, and even more the political, fabric, by consolidating the economic power it has gained."

Italian anti-mafia investigators are in Malta helping to uncover the truth behind the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and organised crime links between Malta, Italy and, potentially, Libya are being explored. The online gambling, cigarette smuggling and illicit diesel rackets are the primary focuses of investigation.

Former Maltese international footballer Darren Debono (who played 52 times for his country) was arrested on Lampedusa relating to the diesel smuggling operation the day after Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder after having his phone tapped for two years by Italian authorities (http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/81734/italian_authorities_tapped_darren_debonos_phone_for_two_years_before_arrest#.Wfh3MFu0PIU) and (https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20171022/local/anti-mafia-squad-in-malta-italian-senator-excluded-from-delegation.660993).

Debono played against England in a fixed Friendly International in 2000 (an England squad including Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, Martin Keown, Phil and Gary Neville, and managed by Kevin Keegan). England won 2-1 in a non-trying event with keeper Richard Wright giving away two penalties. Wright is represented, unsurprisingly, by the Stellar Agency.

The other avenue for the police relates to Silvio Debono (centre of the back row in the above photo) and the following three posts from Caruana Galizia's 'Running Commentary' blog give some cryptic background to this particular piece of Maltese corruption
a) https://daphnecaruanagalizia.com/2017/03/breakingsilvio-debono-panama-papers-company-investigation-maltas-tax-authorities/
b) https://daphnecaruanagalizia.com/2017/03/wouldnt-bother-libel-suits-lou-hardrock-silvio-think-cigarettes-cyprus/
c) https://daphnecaruanagalizia.com/2017/03/politicians-need-read/
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Daphne Caruana Galizia had proof that political, business and criminal elites are one and the same entity in much the same way as Football is Fixed would describe the systemic template undermining and corrupting British football - there are very senior members of government, rogue Deep State operators, mafia groups, tarnished or coerced individuals, certain businesses using mafia methods to garner market (and corruption) control, all interacting in an environment where the mainstream media actually helps to orchestrate the scam.

And all of these corrupted structures feed through to the sport itself.

Take Juventus.

On September 25th, Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli was banned for one year for selling tickets to hard-core ultras and admitted meeting Rocco Dominello (an 'Ndrangheta mafia man who has now been jailed for eight years). The revenue streams arising from the scalping of tickets went straight into Calabrian mafia coffers - the president of the Serie A champions profited a mafia entity.
Less than a month later, Juventus were proud to announce a regional sponsorship deal with SE Asian online betting firm F66.com.
And all this after the incredibly suspicious betting patterns linked to Juve's alleged underperformance in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid.

Or take ################ an English team who, already under external rogue ownership, were sold to a Chinese entity operating through Malta with no company website and seemingly no history for any of the individuals involved. And, interestingly, the UK broadsheet that reported these links altered the article with no addenda at the conclusion - the paper withdrew the news and turned it into fake.
Why would a UK establishment newspaper do this thing?

Or take the fixed Malta versus England friendly.

These holistic structures are becoming a geopolitical football norm - the Albanian mafia influencing Austrian football (according to our research and in the opinion of a senior former FIFA man), Russians controlling the football in Cyprus and a whole array of bookmakers scrambling for the ultimate control of markets via rogue referees and players around the continent.

Football club owners.
Rogue footballers.
Mafia entities..
Money laundering.
Matchfixing events.
Online betting companies.
Links between Malta, Gibraltar, Italy and the UK.

Football.
Mafia.
Betting.

Alain Badiou: "For as Saint-Just asks: 'What do those who want neither Virtue nor Terror want?' His answer is well known: they want corruption."

The gambling and money laundering matrices of the UK and Malta want Terror and Corruption.

May the astonishing Daphne Caruana Galizia rest in a deserved peace and may her murderer(s) be brought to swift justice.

If her killer(s) have not been arrested by the time our forthcoming book is published, 25% of all profits will be added to Julian Assange's fund.
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If you have any information to contribute to Football is Fixed, please email Ojo del Toro in complete confidence at http://www.matchfixinganalytics.org/about-matchfixing-analytics/ . You can do so anonymously, but if you use your real name you can rest assured that this website operates a blanket policy of non-disclosure and does not cooperate with requests for details from the authorities or individuals.
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Something Is Rotten In The State Of Britain - Bookmakers




At the beginning of November Tracey Crouch, the Conservative Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society, is to produce a long-awaited review of the betting industry in Britain under the auspices of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

It is thought that the primary focuses will be on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), football-based advertising and shirt sponsorship by bookmakers with the Treasury unsurprisingly opposing any regulation of the latter two arenas due to their tax take and other revenue streams linked to the bookmaking fraternity.

Although FOBTs, advertising and shirt sponsorship are issues, they pale into insignificance in comparison with the fundamental control of British football by global mafiosi and rogue states.

A more enlightened governmental report might look at the following:

* FOBTs - the crack cocaine of gambling - target problem addicts in mainly working class areas with the option of betting thousands of pounds per hour. Betting shops in Glasgow Central, for example, generate an average profit of £150,000 per annum from these machines.

* Ground, shirt, club, league, cup and football association sponsorship by bookmakers is an issue. Of even greater concern are the numerous clubs owned (or partially owned) by bookmakers, professional gamblers and/or gambling consortia e,g. Stoke City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Glasgow Celtic, Leicester City and Brentford. There are also numerous clubs with hidden or opaque ownership or with owners who appear from nowhere with no apparent 'history' e.g. Bournemouth, Northampton Town, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Oxford United, Birmingham City, Cardiff City, Sheffield Wednesday and Reading. Former owners of questionable merit include Arcadi Gaydamek (an arms dealer at Portsmouth), Thaksin Shinawatra (a corrupt state politician at Manchester City) and Steve McManaman's corrupt former business partner Carson Yeung at Birmingham City.

* Football 'experts' and bookmaker 'ambassadors' provide disinformation on Sky Sports, BT Sport and BBC to drive leisure money in erroneous directions to the marked financial benefit of insiders trading the opposite way at an improved price generated by media lies.

* Referees and key players (particularly goalkeepers) who are either coerced or work voluntarily with bookmakers and mafia groups to enable matchfixing, insider trading and an utter destruction of the integrity of the game are at the coalface of corruption. One current England player was reported to police by his club over allegedly throwing matches to cover his £1.3 million gambling debt, for instance. He still performs for his club in the Premier League each week (albeit for a different club).

* Bookmakers promote their products by referring to your 'winnings'. But this advertising tactic is a complete misnomer - only a handful of betting companies allow winning accounts unless of course such winning accounts are linked to inside information and insider trading - that is a very different kettle of fishy event! But, for the average bettor, you are not allowed to win - betting is a voluntary taxation.

That is the game we now have, killed off by corruption, dark money, dark pools, global mafia and rogue Deep State operations with gambling machines stripping the remainder of any wealth a problem gambler might still possess at the end of this charade.

The aim of this Conservative government post-Brexit is to create a Singapore-style financialised economy linked to far-right economic edifices like The Atlantic Bridge (TAB) created by neoliberal ideologue Liam Fox and his chums at the Heritage Foundation. It somehow seems markedly apt that the most powerful bookmaker of the last quarter century (who hails from Singapore) is one of the key operators behind this financialisation of European football at both club and betting market level.

The game of football is being killed by the markets and there is no regulation other than self-regulation and voluntary codes. And the lack of any meaningful regulation in the public markets is nothing compared to the invisibility of the underground dark pool markets where institutional market operators determine match outcomes among themselves. These entities constantly revert to a strategy of  "trust us to regulate ourselves" but you cannot trust greedy psychopaths in a regulation-free environment.

Clubs, agents, players, administrators and referees are able to earn considerably more with a move over to the dark side of corruption. Some individual matches have £10 billion global betting market volume while a global consortium of insiders, mafia and state operators generated an estimated £6 billion - £24 billion from the alleged fairy tale of the Leicester City title triumph.

Free market financial fascism is fixing football.




There is currently a long-awaited pseudo-war between the UK government and the bookmaking industry over the exploitation of gamblers and the promotion of gambling to children alongside the inevitable corruption of the beautiful game.

The global consortium behind the entirely corrupted Leicester City title triumph in 2015/16 received implicit support at state and institutional level.
Due to the systemic nature of this matchfixing, some of these ill-gotten gains ended up in Deep State coffers (a point which our legal team raised forcefully last year with George Osborne when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer).
If the current template of corruption continues into the future, the game is over as fans won't attend and all but the most addicted of gamblers tend not to bet on sports that they know to be fixed.
The government is hence between a rock and a hard place having to choose between short-termism and massive illicit profits in the immediate window or a more regulated strategic approach that generates less revenue per annum but which creates such income over a longer period of time and which doesn't destroy the sport in the process.

If the latter were the option chosen and the aim was to ensure that the bookmaking sector was properly regulated and insider trading on football matches made illegal, the Deep State returns would be markedly lessened and any offset via an increased strategic tax take for the Treasury wouldn't dent this shortfall.
This explains why the Treasury is reluctant to target the bookmaking sector...
... as the Treasury benefits proximately but allegedly indirectly from matchfixing and corruption.

A structure exists where shirt sponsorship, league sponsorship, ludicrous amounts of advertising before, during and after the game, the provision of enhanced trading facilities for insider professional gamblers and matchfixers while, in parallel, the vast majority of bookmakers refuse to allow winning accounts from all other clients and disinformational advertising persuades mug punters to part with their wealth on match options that have virtually no chance of occurrence.

Bookmakers are rotten.

Inversion capitalism is creating a vast transfer of wealth from fans, supporters, viewers and bettors to government, bookmakers, advertisers, insider matchfixing networks and the media companies Sky Sports, BT Sport (and by association the BBC). This financialisation of football is destroying the sport (as witnessed by the falling television subscriptions and match attendances) - the sport of British football is being asset stripped with the complicity of areas of our Deep State.

With the government currently addressing the gambling industry, the deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson (who is also Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) wants to ban bookmakers from sponsoring football shirts believing that this will somehow undermine the hidden epidemic of gambling addiction in Britain. A future Labour government would encourage the FA to enforce a ban on such shirt sponsorship and would regulate if/when the governing body dragged their feet (the FA have already terminated a £4 million per year sponsorship deal with Ladbrokes but this bookmaker still sponsors just about the entire football sectors in Scotland and Eire).
Watson states: "There must be no stitch-up to help the gambling industry avoid tighter restrictions on advertising."

Of course, it was New Labour under Tony Blair who undertook to deregulate the betting industry in the first place resulting in this explosion of media advertising, the ensuing corruption in the game and the creation of online betting scams like PartyGaming (who were briefly a FTSE100 company based on their fleecing of mugs at rigged virtual poker tables). It was also New Labour that bowed to the advances of the Association of Major Levy Payers (AMLP) to continue the deregulation of licensed betting offices (LBOs) that had been enacted a year before Blair came to office. The AMLP was primarily constituted of Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. Although fiercely competitive, the British bookmaking sector operate as a fragmented cartel to protect mutually beneficial holistics when the need rises.

Gambling is an addiction. There are an estimated 2 million people who are problem gamblers or at risk of becoming so in the UK and most of these individuals are persuaded by wall-to-wall advertising and extensive sponsorship to become/remain addicted by an industry that cleared £13 billion profit last year. 430,000 have a serious gambling addiction in the country while bookies only return £10 million to help with problem gambling. But £13 billion is just the tip of the iceberg - the real profit from the industry is much greater as dark pool trading is both entirely non-regulated and underground - the profits are hidden and no taxes are paid to the state.

£1.4 billion has been spent by bookmakers over a five year period in advertising (primarily to the advantage of the coffers of BT Sport and Sky Sports). None of this advertising was allowed prior to Blair's government allowing the industry to regulate itself via a voluntary code of operation.

Currently nine Premier League teams have their shirts sponsored by bookmakers and there are 16 more teams in the Championship and League One - that is 37% of all clubs in the top three leagues. This brought in nearly £50 million to these clubs this season.

The full background to the current scenario exists in these four articles from The Guardian newspaper (although it should be noted that a matchfixing football agent has considerable clout over the output of the paper's football section!)
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/06/ban-betting-firms-football-shirts-labour-gambling
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/17/betting-firms-broadcasters-fund-addiction-awareness-gambling
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/26/labour-betting-firms-levy-gambling-addiction
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/29/ladbrokes-investigation-payday-loans-fobt

The business strategy is hardly new. In the old days LBOs were always located in close proximity to public houses promoting mug betting under the influence of alcohol in much the same way that undertakers gravitate to the locale of hospitals. Nowadays, many people watch live matches in these pubs but don't even have to leave their seat to register their voluntary taxation to the layers via phone apps that are often promoted by the club they support - Celtic, for example, signed a five year deal with Dafabet in 2015 to promote the products of this company, a company that has been regarded as problematical in the ethical department by Sportsbook Review (who monitor betting sites).

In Australia, gambling advertisements are banned during sporting events pre-watershed and action is taken against betting professionals undertaking pitchsiding at events (where bettors utilise time delays in market response globally due to Australia's location on the planet). These are small steps in the right direction but by no means enough to end the scourge of bookmaking wrecking sports.

Children should not be wandering round with clothing extolling the virtues of underground South East Asian bookmakers. The exposure of gambling products to young people is even greater on the BBC than on the dedicated sports channels. The percentage of Match of the Day where gambling logos are on screen is particularly high and the talking head experts are spouting the messages of their bookmaking and football agent backers in any intervening period.

Let's look at the betting exchanges for a working example of the bookmaker mindset. At companies like Betfair, Betdaq and Matchbook, you place your bets and they are matched, allegedly, with punters thinking the opposite way. The winner pays commission on their winnings (up to 5%) but this commission is regressive. Professionals and insider traders betting with these companies receive a much lower commission rate for loyalty as the exchanges don't want to lose access to this privileged information as they form their markets around such knowledge. Once the outcome is in the market pre-match, the betting exchanges do not want winning bets as they would rather match themselves internally against the wrong positions traded with the company. In some cases, these manipulations go further. At one betting exchange linked to a British club, the club 'representative' would place erroneous trades at his own betting company to move the price globally so that he could trade elsewhere at much higher volumes at a markedly improved price - "if ############## is betting against ############## then we had better mimic his position" is the fallacious cry in the trading room".

Take the massive 'Cash Out' campaign undertaken by the British bookmaking industry over the last two seasons. This was to persuade leisure punters to close out winning positions early to the significant benefit of the bookmakers and betting exchanges who simply 'took on' the trade on the punters behalf but to the benefit of their own bottom line. The linked article below shows what happened to one punter who stood to win £100,000 on the Leicester City title victory but was persuaded by advertising to hand over 70% of his winnings to a bookmaker who knew that Leicester City were nailed on title winners https://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/snitching-cincuenta-y-dos_7.html.

And, incidentally, the Leicester City title win was based on doping (the club moving from the least fit in the season prior to the title win to second fittest in their fairy tale season) and referee bias (in the last three seasons Leicester City have been the most favoured team by Premier League referees by some distance).

Perhaps this is a case of 'King Power Corrupts, Absolute King Power Corrupts Absolutely' and remember that this is the same King Power who are under investigation back in Thailand over massive fraud to the tune of billions of pounds. Yet another fit and proper owner in the Premier League.



A couple of weeks ago, the main match on Sky Super Sunday was Chelsea versus Arsenal...
... the match outcome was known in the dark pool markets pre-match.

Of equivalent interest, a couple of the talking heads who share their wisdom with viewers pre-match were betting against Chelsea even though their analyses on behalf of television subscribers were questioning how there was any possible outcome other than a Chelsea victory.

Similarly, members of the BT Sports crew provided disinformation opposite to their market positions prior to last Saturday's game between Chelsea and Manchester City.

These individuals are multi-millionaires who owe their wealth to the sport but have elected post-career to sell out to murky matchfixing groups and to complicit media companies to take even more money from fans via disinformation and an exploitation of the pseudo-religious belief fans have in their teams - "if ############# tells us Arsenal have no chance of avoiding defeat then he must be right as he is one of our all-time heroes".

Currently, the British game is besmirched with turf wars - BT Sport, BBC and the Deep State versus Sky Sports and the Murdochracy, a fragmented cartel of British football agents versus Gestifute, Ladbrokes Coral versus William Hill versus Betfair Paddy Power versus South East Asian layers. Additionally, the mafia groups who are corrupting football understand that this last window before the onset of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) is their final opportunity to clean up without obstruction. The widespread media campaign in Britain against VAR is an example of this strategy with fallacious concepts like 'the final decision must be in the hands of the referee' a guarantee of future matchfixing ad finitum. In the Bundesliga and Serie A where VAR has been introduced this season there are far far fewer games determined by referee 'error'. But even these versions of VAR don't go far enough - why aren't managers able to request a review of a decision as in tennis and cricket? And, meanwhile, Sportradar a company that is supposed to highlight instances of matchfixing but has a conflict of interest in that it is funded by the bookmakers who often undertake and always benefit from matchfixing is regarded as something of substance, of proper oversight. As a former head of investigations at FIFA pointed out to us, it is surprising that he and Football is Fixed know of fixed games that somehow slip below the radar of Sportradar - publicly at least.

Magistrate Nino di Matteo on collusion between Sicilian mafia and the Italian state: "We live in a mafia state - a state that, in order to preserve the status quo, has to remove whistleblowers who want justice. We want to know the reason for the silence of the mainstream media - why are they frightened to the degree they become accomplices in (and beneficiaries of) the corruption? We must rebel against this system and this mafia method."

In particular, the primary loci of corruption and matchfixing in British football resides with bookmakers and football agents. Both are heavily linked with mafia-style entities in Europe and Asia and with Deep State operatives within government.

The situation in football is remarkably similar to the arms trade where illicit state sponsored deals like Al Yamamah result in state terrorism, the destabilisation of whole regions of the world and result in the deaths and mutilations of huge numbers of innocent victims (often children). Replace guns with footballs and the scam is the same.

Consequently, any peripheral tinkering with FOBTs and shirt sponsorship is not going to seriously impact upon these systemic corruption infrastructures. Removing betting companies logos from football shirts is a fiddle while Rome burns.

The betting industry alongside the advertising companies and the media companies who bring the sport to screen are offering a paltry £8 million to fund a gambling awareness campaign to educate punters about the perils of trading in corrupt markets. £8 million is a small percentage of the amounts bet by bookmakers on just one game in the dark pool poker tables of corruption where match outcomes are determined. It is small change and should not be allowed to undermine a thorough review of the criminalities that are destroying football.

If Labour really want to confront this systemic corruption (and, as an aside, save the people's game), they should be focusing on the role of Deep State operatives in the fixing of British football. Once in government Labour should implement onerous regulation regarding betting markets, insider trading, matchfixing, doping, referee selection, football agents and the transfer markets. UK Anti-Doping should be disbanded and replaced by an entity that is not captured by the industry and, moreover, Labour should establish UK Anti-Matchfixing to address a situation where the majority of Premier League games are matchfixed in each round of games. Fans need to be made fully aware of what has happened to their favourite sport.

It is only a matter of time before this house of cards of football corruption comes tumbling down.
If Labour were behind this campaign to save the people's game, a period of government would be guaranteed despite the manipulative gerrymandering that attempts to keep these charlatans in power in perpetuity.

This DCMS review might be the last chance to save football. Labour should wise up and hit this government where it hurts - in their acquiescence in the corruption of our national sport.
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