The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has extended its partnership with Sportradar to monitor betting on the 2016 edition of the Suzuki Cup, a biennial international tournament contested by Southern Asian teams.

The AFF is a subsidiary within the Asian Football Confederation overseeing professional football in South East Asia, with eight international teams competing in the tournament which kicks off this weekend and runs until December 17th.

After Sportradar's Fraud Detection System was used to monitor betting activity for the 2014 tournament, the deal has been renewed for the 2016 edition. The supplier will monitor over 550 betting operators around the world for evidence of unusual activity during the tournament's 18 matches.

Sportradar will also provide integrity briefings to referees, team managers and match officials, explaining how to identify and report attempted match-fixing, as well as setting out the consequences match-fixers face.

The AFF and Sportradar will also work closely with local law enforcement agencies to better combat match-fixing and bribery.

"As well as putting on a competitive and exciting competition for our fans across this passionate region of the world, it is our responsibility to ensure that the competition is carried out in the spirit of integrity and honest efforts," the Federation's general secretary Lieutenant General Dato Sri' Azzuddin Ahmad said.

"To ensure that takes place, we look forward to working with Sportradar to keep our competition clean. They will help inform the relevant stakeholders about what is at stake and will help us keep a vigilant eye over this wonderful tournament."

Andreas Krannich, managing director of Sportradar's Integrity Services subsidiary, said that after working with the AFF over the past three years, it formed "another strong component of a very joined up and collaborative network across Asia."

"Indeed, the AFC have also been supporting the AFF's efforts in this regard," Krannich explained. "As the world looks for models that work, our individual relationship with the AFF plus the context of collaboration that the relationship sits in across the region should be considered an example for stakeholders across the world."


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