The ongoing challenges to combatting ‘tanking’ in sport
Non-gambling related match fixing - often known as 'tanking' - is probably as old as the hills. The recent 2016 European Football Championships brought together 24 national teams in six groups, and there was a last-16 round for the first time. A group system works in favour of non-gambling related match fixing. Teams can manipulate matches - either by deliberately losing or playing for a particular result - to make sure they come up against or avoid a particular opponent in the next round. The draw between France and Switzerland at the European Championships was 'suspect.'
Michiel van Dijk, Partner at CMS, sheds light on the legal remedies available, and how different sports deal with this problem.