The Lamptey Case: a Decision Without Precedents 

The Lamptey Case: a Decision Without Precedents 

A very recent Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision, which confirmed the lifetime ban imposed by FIFA on the Ghanaian referee official Joseph Odartei Lamptey (Mr Lamptey), has demonstrated the significance of monitoring sports betting data through the services that monitoring agencies provide to sports federations. More specifically, this case discussed whether the information provided by the monitoring agency may be considered sufficient to meet the standard of proof test of the relevant federation or the CAS itself.  

CAS 2017/A/5173 Joseph Odartei Lamptey v. FIFA

Introduction (Betting & Match-Fixing – an Overview)

Manipulation of sports competitions’ has been recently defined by the Council of Europe[1] as follows: “(…) an intentional arrangement, act or omission aimed at an improper alteration of the result or the course of a sports competition in order to remove all or part of the unpredictable nature of the aforementioned sports competition with a view to obtaining an undue advantage for oneself or for others.

Match-fixing is an international phenomenon that is often linked to gambling and has impacted a wide range of sports, including tennis, boxing, basketball, cricket, and of course, football.

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