HomeNewsAnalysisWeekly InSight: How Organized Crime Has Tarnished the World Cup
ANALYSIS

Weekly InSight: How Organized Crime Has Tarnished the World Cup

SOCCER CRIME / 14 JUN 2018 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

In our June 14 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the opening of the 2018 World Cup and the many ways that soccer and organized crime intersect.

Silva and LaSusa began by talking specifically about corruption surrounding the World Cup, including allegations that this year's host country, Russia, might have won its bid to hold the lucrative competition through bribes.

They also discussed how World Cup games have been (and likely will continue to be) targeted for match fixing schemes, in which players, coaches and referees manipulate certain aspects of play in order to fraudulently earn money through betting markets.

SEE ALSO: Coverage of Soccer Crime

The many big-money businesses surrounding the World Cup and soccer in general have also been rife with corruption. For example, officials from across the globe have been known to take bribes in return for helping powerful companies obtain contracts to build the stadiums where the matches will be played, and to secure the rights to broadcast the games to millions of television viewers.

Silva and LaSusa also discussed how, beyond the World Cup, soccer has been used by criminal organizations for decades as a money laundering tool as well as a means of building social capital.

Watch the full conversation below:

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Escaping Barrio 18

27 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

THE ORGANIZATION

World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…