The Serbian Basketball League (KLS) has called in Sportradar to help monitor Serbian Superlige competitions for signs of fraud.

Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System will be used to monitor betting activity at more than 450 operators, in order to strengthen the integrity of competitions.

KLS director Leon Deleon commented: “We are the first basketball federation in the region to take this preventative step and so we are proud to again be the first movers in progressing the sport forward.

Deleon explained that match-fixing is a clear danger that cannot be ignored, prompting the league to seek out a partner to safeguard the integrity of games.

“That was why we needed the system with the broadest coverage of the betting market and with the most detailed analysis: Sportradar ticked the boxes for us. We hope this partnership today sends a clear message to those who would look to corrupt our sport that Sportradar are watching and we are watching,” Deleon said.

Andreas Krannich, Sportradar Security Services managing director, added: “We were the first integrity specialists to develop a system for the monitoring of basketball and started looking into matches in 2014.

“Serbian basketball have today put their trust in that specially tailored system and they can now be assured that they will have a unique and bespoke insight into how individuals are betting on their league at any of the 450 operators we have in our Fraud Detection System,” he said.

“That information will be crucial in understanding what is happening, who knows what, where fixers are placing their bets and what results are anticipated. In the event that our expert analysts spot any concerns, we will work closely with the KLS and their collaborators to ensure that those manipulating the outcomes are brought to justice.”