Sports data and integrity solutions provider Sportradar has been selected by the Hero Indian Super League to monitor suspicious betting activity in matches.
The supplier’s Integrity Services subsidiary will monitor international betting markets for unusual wagering and assist in any potential investigation work, having struck a deal with the league’s promoter, Football Sports Development.
The partnership covers the league’s third season, which begins on October 1st and sees eight teams compete to reach the final on December 18th. Last season’s competition was won by Chennai-based Chennayin FC.
The league was launched in 2013, and has seen a number of high-profile players such as Italian striker Alessandro del Piero; France’s David Trezeguet and former Liverpool attacker Luis Garcia join its clubs. Current marquee players include Portuguese striker Helder Postiga, Norwegian winger John Arne Riise and Uruguay’s Diego Forlan.
“Hero Indian Super League continues to go from strength to strength and by bringing Sportradar on board, we have highlighted our commitment to the integrity of our league and we look forward to another exciting competition,” a spokesperson for the league commented.
The deal further strengthens Sportradar’s range of integrity partnerships with high-profile football leagues. The supplier already works with Europe’s UEFA, the North and Central American CONCACAF, and signed a new deal with Asian football’s governing body in January this year.
Sportradar’s managing director for Integrity Services Andreas Krannich said that following its extended partnership with the Asian Football Confederation, the Indian Super League deal was “a special one.”
He said that it will allow Sportradar to work with “a vibrant league that is pivotal to growing the sport in the subcontinent.
“It is wonderful to see a league so proactive and committed to integrity,” Krannich added.