Online sportsbook operator Sportradar has announced the launch of a new AFC integrity mobile application in partnership with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
Its agreement, which has already assisted in uncovering several match-fixing cases in the last year, encompasses more than 4,500 matches across Asia each year through the specifically developed AFC Monitoring System (AMS), positioning the AFC as one of the most committed sport bodies in the world on the issue of match-fixing.
The AFC integrity mobile application will enable fans, players and officials to report possible suspicious activities or provide information concerning match-fixing or corruption to the AFC Integrity Unit. The new application is free and available for download in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play.
As part of efforts to expand the fight against match-fixing, the new mobile application will complement the new integrity section on www.the-AFC.com. It has been designed to better engage with the virtual community who will now be able to report on suspicious activities through their mobile devices in real time.
Speaking about the partnership, Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s Managing Director Integrity Services said: “We first signed with the AFC back in 2013 and I am delighted to see our partnership continuing to evolve year on year. We have monitored, we have detected, we have investigated, built and resolved cases side by side.
“This latest development - this new app - showcases our own commitment to technologically-driven developments to protect football’s integrity and it underlines the AFC’s forward-thinking stance to empowering its fans and stakeholders”.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa added: “The survival of all sports, not just football, depends significantly on our ability to preserve and protect the values of fair play and honesty. Under the banner of One Asia, One Goal, the AFC has reinforced the importance to safeguard the integrity and uphold the highest professional standards in all our competitions.
“Digital media and technologies have redefined how people communicate. This new mobile app will enhance our detection abilities and our intelligence network which will further strengthen our pursuit to combat match-fixing.”