KUALA LUMPUR: Asia’s football authority has contracted Sportradar to help in the fight against betting-related matchfixing.
The AFC Champions League, AFC Cup and the 2015 Asian Cup are among competitions which will be monitored by the latest step by the Asian Football Confederation.
A statement explaining the breadth of the work of Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System claimed it “processes 432m odds movements per day at over 350 global bookmakers including Asian and European betting markets offered by retail and online bookmakers, betting exchanges, spread betting firms and state lotteries. The system analyses over 53,000 matches in detail each year and identifies any suspicious odds movements.”
The recent matchfixing investigation in Australia was prompted after the Sportradar system detected suspected manipulated matches and warned the authorities.
Subsequently FIFA extended worldwide an Australian ban imposed on the four players and one official.
Sportradar ceo Carsten Koerl said, “Sportradar is honoured to have the opportunity to utilise our technology and expertise to work closely with AFC to help protect the integrity of Asian football.”
AFC general secretary Dato’ Alex Soosay said: “AFC’s partnership with Sportradar is the latest step taken to counter the threat that match-fixing poses to football in Asia. We look forward to utilising Sportradar’s proven expertise in this field and developing an effective working partnership.”