AFC and Sportradar bolster anti-match-fixing efforts
Sportradar, the international sports data, digital content and integrity firm, has extended and expanded a tie-up with the Asian Football Confederation focused on tackling match-fixing in soccer.
Under the agreement signed in London on Monday, Sportradar’s Intelligence and Investigation Services will work with the AFC throughout 2018 and 2019 to investigate those behind fraudulent activity on the pitch in Asia.
Matches in the top two leagues and cups in AFC member countries, and the AFC’s own competitions, are already monitored for suspicious betting patterns through an existing agreement between Sportradar, the AFC and Fifa.
AFC president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (pictured, left) said: “In the AFC Vision and Mission, the fight against match-fixing is imperative and remains ongoing. We, at the AFC, take this threat extremely seriously and our actions during recent years demonstrate our zero-tolerance stance. But we also appreciate that times are changing, and technology is needed to combat this ever-growing threat. Sportradar’s technology and proven expertise will help us to target those corrupting our game.”
Sportradar chief executive Carsten Koerl (right) added: “We are delighted, honoured and proud that the AFC is taking such a determined step in the fight against match-fixing. Our Fraud Detection System has long been proven as a potent weapon against match manipulation. And now our Intelligence and Investigation products will give the AFC an added layer of protection.”
Sportradar has provided integrity services for AFC competitions such as the AFC Champions League and Asian Cup since 2013.
Its Fraud Detection System and Intelligence and Investigation Services have been employed by more than 70 soccer associations and have contributed to probes that have led to 214 sporting sanctions and 24 criminal convictions.