Sports data company Sportradar have announced the signing of an agreement with the Asian Football Confederation AFC, in which the company will provide services relating to data integrity and match-fixing.
As part of the deal, Sportradar’s intelligence and investigation services will now be engaged with the AFC for both the 2018 and 2019 seasons to investigate those behind the fraud on the pitch in Asia.
This latest deal runs in tandem with an existing agreement between the AFC, Sportradar and FIFA under which all matches in the top two leagues and cups in the AFC Member Associations, as well as in AFC competitions, are monitored for suspicious betting patterns.
Speaking at the signing of the deal, Sportradar Chief Executive Carsten Koerl said: “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.”
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, also present at the signing added: “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’s Fraud Detection System and Intelligence and Investigation Services have existing partnerships with over 70 football associations and have been involved in investigations leading to 214 sporting sanctions and 24 criminal convictions.