The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has signed an agreement with Sportradar which will see the sports data provider monitor a number of competitions organised by Asian football’s governing body for suspicious betting activity.
Under the terms of the agreement, Sportradar will monitor tournaments including club competitions the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup, as well as international tournaments such as the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and its qualifiers for signs of match fixing.
The AFC general secretary Dato’ Alex Soosay described the partnership as “the latest step taken to counter the threat that match-fixing poses to football in Asia,” adding that he looked forward to employing “Sportradar’s proven expertise in this field and developing an effective working partnership.”
“This is a historic development in AFC’s fight against match manipulation. It is also a very crucial element in our campaign against this menace,” he continued, before calling for member associations to lend their support to the cause, which has already been backed by world football governing body FIFA and the Malaysian government.
Sportradar chief executive Carsten Koerl said his company was “prepared to do its part to help AFC fight match-fixing in football.”
He also praised the AFC for “being proactive in this endeavour because match manipulation in sports has taken a different twist with the involvement of sophisticated international organised crime organisations.”
“Sportradar is honoured to have the opportunity to utilise our technology and expertise to work closely with AFC to help protect the integrity of Asian football,” Koerl concluded.
It marks the latest measure to be taken by the AFC in the fight against match-fixing, with the organisation having already formed an internal task force, aided by a new Integrity in Sport Department, responsible for holding educational events for footballers.
Earlier this month Sportradar partnered with the Australian cricket’s governing body Cricket Australia in a similar deal, with the company monitoring domestic matches for signs of betting-related corruption and fraudulent activity.