The Federação Paulista de Futebol (FPF), which manages all official football tournaments in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, has signed up to Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System (FDS) to cover over 200 football matches over the next two years.

Sportradar said that the partnership marks the first time that any match-fixing detection service has been employed by a South American football rights holder.

The FDS will monitor matches in the top flight football league Campeonato Paulista - which includes the football clubs Corinthians, Santos and São Paulo FC - as well as Youth and Women’s competitions in the state.

Speaking at the official signing ceremony in São Paulo, FPF president Reinaldo Carneiro Bastos said that Brazil is where the “heart of football beats”.

“We have the most exciting teams and the most passionate fans. But we asked ourselves what they need,” he said. “In today’s climate, where sports and leagues everywhere are fighting with those who would manipulate results, our teams, players and fans must trust the performances on the field and scores on the league table.

“So we looked for the best in the business. Sportradar are trusted by the biggest names in the biggest sports. We are delighted that we could bring them to South America, to Brazil, to show our teams and fans that football in São Paulo is pure and will remain pure."

Sportradar Security Services’ managing director Andreas Krannich described the signing as a big moment for the company.

“It is the first time that we have been asked to provide our Fraud Detection System to a competition in South America,” he said. “We have managed to establish some great momentum in recent years: developing our relationships in Asia, signing MoUs with law enforcement agencies and supporting successful investigations from Austria to Australia.

“But there is no doubt today is a significant milestone in our evolution. Being first is always difficult, no matter the context. So we sit here with our new friends at the FPF and thank them for their initiative, their commitment and their faith. We are sure that all the fans, participants and stakeholders will be equally thankful. We have here today set a clear marker about what we want for the future of Paulista and Brazilian football.”

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