Sports data supplier Sportradar has partnered the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for Greek football, to launch an education programme as part of its latest integrity tour designed to help tackle corruption in sport.
The integrity tour, similar to those launched for Italy’s Serie A and Serie B leagues, will see the pair deliver 120 workshops over the coming three seasons, alongside 2,000 individual e-learning modules and assessments each year.
Attendance of the workshops and completion of the modules and assessments will be mandatory for all players in the country’s football leagues, the Super League and Football League. Match officials and HFF management will also be required to attend the workshops and complete the modules.
“In today’s society we face many threats and issues that have an international scope. Those international threats and issues in turn need an international solution,” HFF president Giorgos Girtzikis said of the partnership. “Match-fixing is one of those issues: it is an issue that many countries are facing today. It is for this reason that we have decided to intensify our efforts by bringing Sportradar on board.
“They are an official partner of UEFA and a host of other federations around the world,” he explained. “We have heard questions as to why it has taken us until now to bring them on board and our reaction is to take this as encouragement: encouragement that we have made the right decision and encouragement not to waste any more time.”
Sportradar’s managing director of security services Andreas Krannich said that any sporting federation that showed the level of commitment and conviction to tackling corruption in sport would always have his company’s support.
He said the launch of the integrity tour underlines the HFF’s dedication ”to the players, to the officials and of course to the fans.”
“Greek football has a proud tradition with teams whose names echo through European football history,” Krannich continued. “We are honoured that the HFF have come to us to devise this ambitious plan.”
“Senior teams, youth teams, club officials, match officials, federation staff: nobody will be able to plead ignorance and the hope is that nobody will have to worry about the honesty of the contest and the final scores. There is a lot of work to do and we are ready to deliver.”