Germany’s top handball league DKB Handball-Bundesliga has signed a new integrity services partnership with sports data provider Sportradar.

The partnership begins at the beginning of the 2019/20 season next year and will see Sportradar monitor and analyse all DKB Handball Bundesliga matches and domestic cup competitions, including the REWE Final Four tournament as part of the DHB Cup, and the Super Cup.

Sportradar will provide the league with its Fraud Detection System (FDS), which is already being used by the European Handball Federation (EHF). Sportradar has been the league’s official data partner since the 2015/16 season.

“Handball is constantly growing and becoming more and more important on both national and international levels,” said Frank Bohmann, CEO of DKB Handball-Bundesliga. “Due to its outstanding significance, it is therefore a consequential and important step for the DKB Handball Bundesliga to take preventative and professional action in this area.

“After having successfully cooperated with Sportradar already back in 2010, we will now be profiting from their optimised services."

Sportradar will also deliver educational workshops to players, clubs, staff and officials of the DKB Handball Bundesliga, which are designed to inform participants on potential integrity threats, how they can promote correct and ethical behaviours, as well as guard against any unlawful activities.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to extend our relationship with the DKB Handball Bundesliga and help safeguard Germany’s leading handball competition from integrity issues and threats,” said Andreas Krannich, managing director of Sportradar Integrity Services. “We look forward to monitoring the league’s various divisions and tournaments as well as working alongside stakeholders to educate them on how, why and where the dangers lie.”

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