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Match-fixing in Greece and Turkey, and UEFA’s policy responses to it: a comparative study

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posted on 15.01.2021, 09:54 by Elisavet Manoli, Serhat Yilmaz, Georgios Antonopoulos
Through the increased attention match-fixing has received from both academia and policy makers in recent years, its complexity and the consequent inability to identify a one-fits-all description of the phenomenon have been underlined, highlighting that we have yet to fully capture the various forms of its manifestation in modern day sport. At the same time, and despite academic endeavours, the scholarly work on policy responses against match-fixing is remarkably scarce. In addressing these gaps, this study aims to examine two high-profile match-fixing cases in Greece and Turkey, the ‘Koriopolis’ and the ‘Şike Davası’ scandals, respectively, while considering the policy responses of UEFA, through the analysis of its normative framework and the way in which it was implemented in the two cases. This comparative study offers details of the social organisation of the two scandals, highlighting the various actors, structures and processes within them, as well as the UEFA policy responses they were met with. What is underlined through the study is not only the key role of individuals embedded in the football ecosystem, but also the potentially adverse effects of adopting the ‘organised crime’ narrative in both official and media accounts, preventing us from truly capturing the phenomenon and policy makers from responding to it. Simultaneously, this study highlights that despite its existing detailed and thorough normative framework, UEFA’s inconsistency in its implementation in the two cases sends a mixed message about tolerating match-fixing, while inviting much needed further research on the matter.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

Volume

13

Issue

1

Pages

143 - 158

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor and Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics on 10 Feb 21, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2021.1877172

Acceptance date

13/01/2021

Publication date

2021-02-10

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1940-6940

eISSN

1940-6959

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Elisavet Manoli. Deposit date: 14 January 2021