EU grant awarded to Loughborough University

EU grant awarded to Loughborough University

Loughborough University has been awarded a share of a £400,000 EU research grant to investigate the prevalence of sporting-related match-fixing.

The project will see the University collaborate with nine other high-performing European institutions, focussing on the issue across seven different countries, in multiple sports disciplines.

The knowledge gathered will be shared amongst the associates with training workshops delivered to circa 630 stakeholders.

Loughborough University’s lead, Dr Elisavet Argyro Manoli, explained:

"This collaboratory research will focus on the less documented sport-related match-fixing in order to not only better understand the phenomenon, but also identify how to tackle it and offer tangible assistance to the governing bodies to challenge it. We are happy to join this team of distinguished research institutions and are privileged to have the support of the Council of Europe in this project."

Other institutions involved in the project include:

  • Ghent University
  • Utrecht University
  • Iris (Institute of International and Strategic Relations)
  • Association of The Integrity of Sport
  • Croatian Olympic Committee
  • University of Lausanne
  • Panathlon International
  • Center for Ethics in Sport (ICES)
  • CSCF Sport (Counter Sports Corruption Foundation for Sport)

The research is due to commence in January 2020 with the findings presented at the conference of the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) in Innsbruck, Austria, in September 2021.