The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has expanded its partnership with Sportradar’s Integrity Services to cover the Suzuki Cup tournament in Southeast Asia, which kicked off this week.

Sportradar’s monitoring solutions have been used to protect the previous two Suzuki Cup tournaments against betting-related match-fixing and corruption.

The integrity strategy jointly enacted by the AFF and Sportradar has now been enhanced with education programmes for all key stakeholders involved in the international football tournament.

This has seen mandatory integrity briefings held for all 11 national teams' players and team officials from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

“We are fully committed to upholding integrity in our competitions,” said AFF general secretary Lt Gen Dato’ Sri Azzuddin Ahmad. “From our experience during the previous two editions of the AFF Suzuki Cup, we have learnt that there is no organisation more qualified than Sportradar at delivering strong integrity provisions.

“We recognise that educating our participants is another essential component that will provide added support to our comprehensive strategy to protect the integrity of the Suzuki Cup. As such, we are confident that we will witness another successful tournament that all of our fans can enjoy and be proud of as a result.”

Sportradar managing director of integrity services, Andreas Krannich, commented: “Our relationship with the AFF over the past five years demonstrates their ongoing commitment to safeguarding the Suzuki Cup. The introduction of our education services as part of our integrity strategy with them further highlights this.

“It is an honour to be entrusted to directly engage with the national team players and officials of the various AFF Member Associations and work together to safeguard this much-loved competition for a third straight season.”