Declan Hill

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Declan Hill
Declan Hill speaking at Play The Game in 2009
Declan Hill speaking at Play The Game in 2009
OccupationInvestigative journalist, Consultant, Academic

Declan Hill is a journalist, academic and consultant. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on match-fixing and corruption in international sports.[1][2][3][4] In 2008, Hill, as a Chevening Scholar, obtained his doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford.[5][6] Currently, he is a senior research fellow in anti-corruption in sports at the University of Würzburg and a professor at the University of New Haven where he has opened the Centre for Sports Integrity in the Investigations Program.[7]

His book ‘The Fix: Organized Crime and Soccer’ has appeared in twenty-one languages.[8] Hill was the first person to show the new danger to international sport posed by the globalization of the gambling market and match-fixing at the highest levels of professional football (soccer) including the Champions League and FIFA World Cup tournaments. Part of the book details his involvement with an Asian match-fixing gang as they travelled around the world to fix major football matches. Hill has also published a number of academic articles,[9][10][11][12] is a reviewer for Global Integrity[13] and has probed the impact of the Russian mafia on professional ice hockey.[14] In 2011, he pioneered the first on-line anti-match-fixing education course for Sport Accord that was eventually used by Interpol. In 2013, his second book 'The Insider's Guide to Match-Fixing' was published and immediately translated to Japanese. It is a popular version of his doctoral thesis and was dubbed by its English-language publisher as 'Freakonomics meets Sports Corruption'

Personal life[edit]

Hill is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Trinity College, Toronto and University of Oxford.[5][15]

In his spare time, Hill is a keen amateur boxer and he leads groups of recreational and competitive fighters to train in Havana, Cuba.[16] On March 31, 2012, Hill won a charity boxing match that was part of the historic Trudeau-Brazeau night – as part of Fight for the Cure in support the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.[17] In 2017, he and Trudeau fought a non-judged sparring match followed by Hill conducting an interview of Trudeau for the Toronto Star from the center of the boxing ring.[18]


Hill acted in minor roles at the Shaw Festival and other Canadian theatres, then in India on the Doordshan television series ‘Bhaarat ek Khoj’.[19] Because of his experiences in a Calcutta street clinic he gradually drifted away from theatre, becoming one of the founding volunteers of the Canadian chapter of Doctors without Borders (MSF)[20] and then moved into journalism. Hill worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) first as an investigative journalist at the flagship program The Fifth Estate then as an anchor for Newsworld International.[21][22][23] His programs and articles have also appeared in The New York Times, the Toronto Star, and the BBC Radio World Service, The Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph (London), as well as various news media outlets including CNN, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, The Sydney Morning Herald, Al Jazeera, The Times, Il Manifesto, Corriere della Sera (Milan): El Pais (Madrid) Politiken (Copenhagen)[24][25]

Before publishing The Fix, Hill completed documentaries on the widespread murders of Filipino journalists, the killing of the head of the Canadian mafia, blood feuds in Kosovo, ethnic cleansing in Iraq, pagan religions in Bolivia and honour killings in Turkey.[26][27][28][29]

He has also given presentations about sports corruption to a number of organizations including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), committees at the European Parliament in Brussels and the UK Parliament in Westminster, the Council of Europe, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and the Australian and New Zealand Sports Lawyers Association.[30][31] Hill is also the winner of the 2007 Canadian Association of Journalists Award for best investigative radio documentary and is an Amnesty International Canada 2003 Media Award Winner. The Play The Game Award winner for an individual who best exemplifies the qualities of sport [32][33][34] and an honorary award from the Greek Sports Journalist Association for his role in revealing sports corruption.

Public dispute[edit]

In September 2013, following the arrest of match-fixers in Singapore, Hill was interviewed on BBC Radio World Service where he claimed the Singapore Police Force to have offered protection to the accused from prosecution. This was strongly disputed by the Singapore government as baseless and challenged him to come forth with any evidence to substantiate his claims. In response to Hill's claims, Ronald Noble, Secretary General of Interpol said that "Those who do not recognise the commitment and resources that Singapore has devoted to identifying those believed to be responsible for match-fixing cases, or those who seek publicity -- simply to criticise every positive development that occurs in fighting match-fixing should simply open their eyes and look at the facts." [35] Hill responded[36] to these accusations by saying that if they had not been providing tacit protection for the nest of home-grown fixers in their midst, then the Singaporean police must be one of the most inept law-enforcement agencies in the world. For over two years, they had ignored two international arrest warrants - strangely both were from Ron Noble's Interpol (who subsequently opened a regional headquarters in Singapore) and the well-publicized criminal trial of a Singaporean match-fixer in Finland.

U.S. Helsinki Commission testimony[edit]

In December 2018, Hill testified at the bi-partisan U.S. Helsinki Commission. As part of his testimony, Hill said that the Supreme Court’s decision to allow sports gambling in America was comparable to the repeal of Prohibition. He concluded, “I faced many similar parliamentary committees in Europe, where I warned them about a tsunami of match fixing coming to European sport. At first, they did not listen. I was the lonely Cassandra prophetess waving my arms, warning of the dangers. Now, after over 30 national police investigations, they have woken up. I believe there is a clear and present danger to U.S. sports from this globalized sports gambling market.[37]


  1. ^ "Q. & A. on Match Fixing With Declan Hill, Author of 'The Fix'". The New York Times. 27 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Fifa's Half-Hearted Fight Against Corruption Continues Its Tepid March". 2011-05-11. Archived from the original on 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  3. ^ "Interview with Match-Fixing Investigator Declan Hill: 'I Am Sure the Game Was Manipulated' - SPIEGEL ONLINE". 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  4. ^ "The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime - Declan Hill, buy your copy at Soccerpro today!". Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  5. ^ a b "The Insider's Guide to Match Fixing | Publications | News | Department of Sociology". Archived from the original on 2015-02-24.
  6. ^ "A Farewell from Martin Rose" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  7. ^ "Expert on International Sports Corruption, Gambling Joins University of New Haven's Financial Investigations Faculty".
  8. ^ "Fix, The". Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  9. ^ "The Institutional Economics of Corruption and Reform" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  10. ^ "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  11. ^ [1] Archived April 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "To fix or not to fix? How corruptors decide to fix football matches". CiteULike. Archived from the original on 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  13. ^ "OGP Networking Mechanism Update". Global Integrity. 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  14. ^ "Tapes & Transcripts | Mafia Power Play | FRONTLINE". PBS. 1999-10-12. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  15. ^ All Our Alumni National Theatre Scholl of Canada Archived March 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Picking up the Pace of Giving Archived August 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Declan Hill's Donation Page". Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  18. ^ "Here's what it's like to punch the prime minister". Toronto Star. 31 March 2017.
  19. ^ Latest Titles With Declan Hill - IMDb
  20. ^ Orbinski, James (24 February 2009). An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-first Century - James Orbinski - Google Books. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 9780307371805. Retrieved 2014-02-19 – via Google Books.
  21. ^ "CBC News - Viewpoint: Declan Hill". Archived from the original on 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  22. ^ "Grateful passengers praise Air Transat pilot". CBC News. 26 August 2001.
  23. ^ Smith, Charlie (2010-06-23). "Author Declan Hill investigates the problem fixing soccer matches | Georgia Straight, Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly". Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  24. ^ "The Russian Mafia and hockey". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
  25. ^ Hill, Declan (18 October 2008). "Match-fixing: European football's dark and dangerous side". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  26. ^ Declan Hill (2007-04-25). "Declan Hill on the Philippines, one of the deadliest places for journalists | Media". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  27. ^ "Dispatches | Award winners". Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  28. ^ "1893 and the Idea of Frontier" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  29. ^ "Canadian Association of Journalists". Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  30. ^ "Committee of Ministers - 18th Council of Europe Informal Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport (Baku, 22 September 2010) - Report by the Secretary General [1101 meeting]". Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  31. ^ "Event Calendar". SportsPro Media. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  32. ^ "Declan Hill wins Play the Game 2009 award". Play the Game. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  33. ^ "Amnesty International Canada - Canada News & Reports". Archived from the original on December 14, 2005. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
  34. ^ [2][dead link]
  35. ^ "Interpol commends S'pore for cracking down on match-fixing - Channel NewsAsia". Archived from the original on September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  36. ^ "So Why Did It Take So Long". Archived from the original on 2014-12-13.
  37. ^ "Joint Hearing, 115th Congress — All Bets Are Off: Gambling, Match-Fixing, and Corruption in Sport". December 4, 2018.

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