Sports data and fraud monitoring specialist Sportradar has signed a partnership with Romanian football’s governing body, the Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal (LFP), to distribute data collected from league and cup competitions.
As the LFP’s sports data partner it holds the right to collect, archive and distribute data to the media and betting sector until the end of the 2017-18 season.
It will collect data for all Liga 1 and Cupa Ligii competitions, covering all matches in the top professional division of the Romanian football league system, and the league’s main cup competition.
LFP president Gino Iorgulescu said the partnership would provide fans and interested parties with deep insight and live information on Romanian football.
“It is a great opportunity to provide all our fans with more entertaining and engaging content and to take the next step into the digital era,” he explained.
“Football in Romania has always been very popular, ever since the 80s and 90s when players like Gheorghe Hagi, Ilie Balaci, Ladislau Boloni and Ilie Dumitrescu lit up word football and Steaua Bucharest won the European Cup,” Sportradar’s managing director of sports data and licensing Johannes Ranke said.
“With our live data feeds and content solutions, fans of the Romanian football league will be able to follow their favourite teams from anywhere in the world and will gain unparalleled insights.”
In related news, Sportradar has finalised a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Austria's Bundeskriminalamt (.BK), the country's Criminal Intelligence Service and federal police force of the Ministry of the Interior.
Having worked closely on the recent match-fixing case which saw an Austrian international player sentenced to five years in prison and seven others face long prison time, the .BK took up Sportradar's offer to join an Austrian delegation at the company's London office and complete a one-day Law Enforcement Training module.
Andreas Holzer, head of Organised Crime Bureau of the .BK said:: "Match-fixing of today is a very different activity from the match-fixing of the past. Organised crime and sophisticated gaming of the international betting market are the hallmark of contemporary match manipulators. In Austria, we have been vigilant; we have been proactive; and we will remain so.
"To support us as we remain committed to preventing and catching fixers, we have brought Sportradar on board to ensure that we keep our fingers on the pulse. Their expertise and intelligence has been, and will remain, invaluable as we protect the integrity of sport in our country."
Sportradar managing director Integrity and Strategy Andreas Krannich said that law enforcement agencies and police forces hold the keys to unlocking and sanctioning those masterminding match fixes.
"They have the power, the jurisdiction, the resources and the tools at their disposal," he said. "We have long been encouraging sports rights holders to open up channels of communication with their relevant law enforcement agencies.
"So here we have an example of a proactive, interested and invested police force that is looking to get the best view on the market and is keen to keep its understanding up to date and sharp. We are really looking forward to our work going forward and working in tandem to support Austrian sport."