Sports data and integrity solutions provider Sportradar has launched a new mobile application for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that it believes will help preserve the integrity of Asian football matches.
The app allows fans, players and officials to report suspicious activities or provide information on match-fixing or corruption directly to the AFC's Integrity Unit.
It is designed to complement the new integrity portal recently launched on the AFC website, helping the Confederation better engage with supporters and stakeholders, and will be made available via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
"The survival of all sports, not just football, depends significantly on our ability to preserve and protect the values of fair play and honesty," AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said. "Under the banner of One Asia, One Goal, the AFC has reinforced the importance to safeguard the integrity and uphold the highest professional standards in all our competitions.
"Digital media and technologies have redefined how people communicate. This new mobile app will enhance our detection abilities and our intelligence network which will further strengthen our pursuit to combat match-fixing."
The launch comes after the AFC signed a two-year extension to its integrity partnership with Sportradar in January last year. Through this deal the supplier monitors 4,500 matches organised in Asia each year, using a specially-designed monitoring system, the AFC Monitoring System (AMS).
Sportradar managing director of integrity services Andreas Krannich said: "We first signed with the AFC back in 2013 and I am delighted to see our partnership continuing to evolve year on year. We have monitored, we have detected, we have investigated, built and resolved cases side by side.
"This latest development - this new app - showcases our own commitment to technologically-driven developments to protect football's integrity and it underlines the AFC's forward-thinking stance to empowering its fans and stakeholders."