Sports data supplier Sportradar has launched a national "integrity tour" in Italy with football league Lega Serie A, with tailored programmes to be rolled out for each of the league’s 20 clubs.

The tour began with a press conference and the first of its educational workshops, delivered to the FC Internazionale Milano and AC Milan youth squads.

The content of workshops focuses on why match-fixing is a growing problem, how fixers make their approaches, and what the real-life consequences of fixing are, using real case studies.

Sportradar will also be providing e-learning tutorials, supporting and supplementing the workshops, for every member of Serie A club teams to work through, to ensure that “each participant understands what they have learnt and is comfortable with the information.”

Maurizio Beretta, Serie A president, said: “Thanks to our partnership with Sportradar, Lega Serie A marks a very important goal in protecting integrity in football today. The future of Lega Serie A is bright and exciting and nowhere is that clearer to see than in the youth academies run by our 20 clubs.

“At Lega Serie A, we take our responsibilities towards all our footballers, in particular toward the young players, very seriously: they count on us to develop them and protect them – to let them become the best they can be. This tour being delivered by our integrity partners Sportradar is the manifestation of our full commitment to the Serie A  players of the future.”

Andreas Krannich, Sportradar managing director, Integrity and Strategy, added: “In recent years, we have found the Italian sports stakeholders to be particularly proactive when it comes to match-fixing detection and prevention, so we are not surprised that Lega Serie A have shown themselves to be leaders in this area.

“Prevention is about more than a slide show or a booklet. This two-tier package of Fraud Prevention Services, involving interactive workshops and personal e-learning tutorials, means that the league and the clubs can take confidence in the fact that those destined to excite Serie A’s fans today and tomorrow have understood the importance of this fundamental issue and its impact.”

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