The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has signed an extension to its long-running integrity partnership with sports data specialist Sportradar.

The latest extension will see Sportradar supply its monitoring, intelligence and prevention solutions to the Asian football governing body throughout the 2018 and 2019 AFC seasons.

The Fraud Detection System and Intelligence and Investigation Services have led to 214 sporting sanctions and 24 criminal convictions since their introduction.

"Sportradar's Intelligence & Investigation Services have played a crucial role in previous AFC cases and they provided firm support to the AFC Judicial Bodies," AFC general counsel and director of legal affairs Benoit Pasquier said.

Sportradar's chief executive Carsten Koerl added: "Fraud Detection System has long been proven as a potent weapon against match manipulation. And now our Intelligence and Investigation products will give the AFC an added layer of protection."

Through partnership between the AFC, Sportradar and world football governing body FIFA, Sportradar also monitors all matches in the top two leagues and cup competitions organised by every AFC member state.

"The fight against match-fixing is imperative and remains ongoing," AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said. "We, at the AFC, take this threat extremely seriously and our actions during recent years demonstrate our zero-tolerance stance.

"But we also appreciate that times are changing, and technology is needed to combat this ever-growing threat. Sportradar's technology and proven expertise will help us to target those corrupting our game."


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