Live sports data provider Sportradar has joined forced with the Malta Football Association (MFA) to launch a new educational program which will tackle the issue of betting-related corruption in Maltese football.

The 'Say No to Match-Fixing' integrity tour will begin in January and is a collaboration between the MFA, Sportradar and Malta-based bookmaker Betaland.

“We are here today for two main reasons - the first, because we are aware of the threat that match fixing poses to the game of football, and secondly, because we are willing to do something about it,” said MFA president Norman Darmanin Demajo. “With the invaluable assistance of Sportradar and Betaland, the MFA will embark on an 'integrity tour' that we believe will be the blueprint of future 'Say No to Match-Fixing' campaigns designed to help safeguard our beloved game.”

Conducted by Sportradar, the tour will educate players, referees and club officials about all relevant issues surrounding modern day match-fixing. Education, including an innovative e-learning tutorial, is the key focus of the program and will encompass aspects such as monitoring and detection systems used to identify manipulated matches and the consequences of engaging in corrupt activity.

Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl said the company was “delighted” to be a part of the ground-breaking cooperation with Betaland and the MFA.

“Working together with the sport federation and betting industry, we are in the strongest possible position to protect the integrity of Maltese football,” he said.

Betaland CEO Antonio Ricci added: “Betaland is proud to be part of this project along with the MFA and Sportradar. As an international bookmaker, we support this important fight against match-fixing because we truly believe in sport and we intend to protect it from corruption and manipulation.”

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