Integrity services and data provider Sportradar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Service Central des Courses et Jeux (SCCJ), a department of France's national police force that oversees racing and betting services.

The agreement will see Sportradar and the SCCJ share expertise, statistical data, information and trends relating to sporting integrity, as well as looking at other ways to broaden their collaboration to protect sports from corruption.

The two have previously worked together on an informal basis on a number of projects, such as monitoring last year's UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, which took place in France.

"Our aim in France is to make sure that we are at the forefront of the fight against match fixers and manipulators," SCCJ chief Philippe Menard explained. "That requires us to identify the most potent allies to help us shore up our defences.

"Our informal collaborations with Sportradar to date have left us in no doubt that today's signing is a strong statement of intent and we look forward to working closer with their specialists to safeguard French sport," he said.

Andreas Krannich, managing director of Sportradar Integrity Services, added: "We have already worked closely and fruitfully with Mr Menard and his team in the past, looking at various sporting events held in France and also supporting their efforts around the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament hosted in France. It was clear to me that we could do more in the future and this MoU sets us up to begin identifying other ways for us to share insights and develop investigations."

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