Sports data solutions provider Sportradar is to protect and preserve the integrity of rugby in Italy through a new partnership with the sport’s governing body, the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR).

The three-year deal has been signed by Sportradar Security Services, with the subsidiary to supply the FIR with both its Fraud Detection System (FDS) and Fraud Prevention Services to monitor matches contested by the ten teams in the Eccellenza, Italy’s top rugby league.

The FDS will monitor 450 betting operators across Europe and beyond to identify and analyse unorthodox betting patterns and behaviours.

The prevention services, meanwhile, will work with each club to develop a tailored integrity workshop for coaches, players and managers, led by Sportradar’s Italian integirity executive Marcello Presilla. The first workshop is to be delivered today to the team Fiamme Oro, a club linked to the Italian police.

“Every year Italian rugby is making progress,” FIR president Alfredo Gavazzi said. “Last year we came fifth in the Six Nations and this year we gave a good account of ourselves in the Rugby World Cup.

“The game is growing here and we love the passion of our fans who travel and support their teams across Italy and Europe. But growing the sport also means taking care of its roots and its foundations and one of those foundations is its integrity; its honesty.

“This partnership with the company that supports all the main rugby leagues and federations in their defence against match manipulation is a commitment,” he continued. “It is a commitment from us to our players, coaches, officials, fans, sponsors and broadcasters that we will cut no corners when it comes to keeping the game we love honest. Italian rugby can and will continue to grow, knowing that its foundations are secure and protected.”

Sportradar’s managing director of security services Andreas Krannich added that rugby is strongly associated with values such as integrity, fair play and respect, with the FIR partnership seeing the organisation living and protecting such values.

“By reaching out to us, the FIR has shown a keen ability to cut through the noise and understand the dangers,” Krannich explained. “They have focused on making sure that they are partnering with the experts in rugby union and we look forward to the series of workshops we will be rolling out to all the Eccellenza clubs in the coming weeks.”

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