The integrity services arm of sports data and technology firm Sportradar has revealed its annual integrity report outlining corruption and match-fixing in 2023 based around sports betting for its range of covered sports.

Sportradar, which monitored around 850,000 fixtures from 70 different sports, found 1,329 suspicious matches in 11 sports across 105 countries throughout 2023.

This made up around 0.21% of all monitored sports fixtures, with no sport having a suspicious match percentage of greater than 1%.

Soccer was once again the sport with the most suspicious matches, 880, driven by the popularity of the sport for sports betting.

Basketball, another sport that has a strong presence within global sports betting markets, had the second-highest number of suspicious games globally, with 205.

Sportradar stated that these numbers remained roughly stable from 2022’s annual report, although the number of suspicious fixtures across sports increased in Europe (630 in 2022 to 667 in 2023), and Asia (240 to 302).

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73% of all of the suspicious matches reported by Sportradar were found using the firm’s artificial intelligence software, an increase of 123% on 2022, highlighting the growth of the firm’s AI capabilities.

Andreas Krannich, Sportradar executive vice president for integrity, rights protection and regulatory services, stated: “Continued investment in the development of technology is key to detecting otherwise hard-to-find occurrences of match-fixing… Further advancements in the fight against match-fixing will be possible as the AI models continue to learn and we will keep honing our expertise to protect sport from manipulation.”

The report also stressed the importance of Sportradar’s continued collaboration with global betting companies, with account-level betting data responsible for finding 100% of the suspicious matches in tennis and table tennis (the latter of which staged the third most suspicious games), as well as 70% of suspicious volleyball games.

Sportradar has agreed several sports betting integrity partnerships in recent years with both betting companies and sports organizations themselves.

Most recently, in January, Sportradar partnered to provide its integrity services to European basketball’s Euroleague.