Sportradar has been selected by the Austrian Ice Hockey League to provide its Fraud Detection System to monitor suspicious betting activity in matches.

The two-year partnership with the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) will see Sportradar monitor 373 matches in the regular season and play-off games.

“When the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga includes so many important ice hockey markets and entertains so many passionate fans, we feel a strong responsibility to ensure that they all have no doubts about the commitment and the dedication of the teams and players,” explained Axel Bammer, chief operating officer of EBEL.

“This partnership will ensure exactly that and we appreciate Sportradar’s support and expertise.”

Andreas Krannich, managing director of Sportradar’s Sport Right Owners, added: “The reputation that we have established over 11 years across sport and more recently in ice hockey through our work with the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) and the NHL, coupled with the strong and trustful relationship we have established with Austria’s Play Fair Code, allowed us to put forward a vital and credible proposition to the EBEL.

“We would like to thank the Play Fair Code for their trust in us and of course their dedication and work around sporting integrity in Austria. We would also like to thank the EBEL for their trust and commitment.”

Austria’s highest level ice-hockey league began in 1923 and has been sponsored by Sparkasse Bank-owned Erste Bank since the 2003-4 season.

In 2005, teams from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy joined the league to compete with the existing eight Austrian teams. The current season began in September with Red Bull Salzburg looking to defend the championship title which they have held since 2014.