The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has today announced that it will continue to work with sports data insights and intelligence provider Sportradar on its match-fixing detection and integrity monitoring capabilities.
Updating betting and government stakeholders, AFF officials detailed that Sportradar would continue to oversee AFF Suzuki Cup syndicated matches, with Sportradar’s system monitoring over 550 relevant betting operators around the world across all 18 matches of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Extending the partnership, Sportradar will strengthen AFF integrity codes and practices by consulting issuing ‘integrity briefings’ to game referees, match officials and other football stakeholders.
The AFF Suzuki Cup takes place every two years, and this year, the tournament will be jointly hosted by Myanmar and the Philippines, with the eight teams contesting the group stages until 26th November, after which the four qualifying teams will look to reach the finals and get their hands on the trophy on 17 December 2016. Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System will notify the AFF if there are any suspicious betting patterns on any of the 12 group games or the six games in the knock-out stages.
Speaking about the partnership, Lt Gen Dato Sri’ Azzuddin Ahmad (Retired), AFF General Secretary, said: “As well as putting on a competitive and exciting competition for our fans across this passionate region of the world, it is our responsibility to ensure that the competition is carried out in the spirit of integrity and honest efforts. To ensure that takes place, we look forward to working with Sportradar to keep our competition clean. They will help inform the relevant stakeholders about what is at stake and will help us keep a vigilant eye over this wonderful tournament”.
Sportradar MD Integrity Services Andreas Krannich added: “We have been partnering with the AFF for the past three years and we applaud the federation’s commitment to integrity. Our partnership with AFF marks another strong component of a very joined up and collaborative network across Asia. Indeed, the AFC have also been supporting the AFF’s efforts in this regard. As the world looks for models that work, our individual relationship with the AFF plus the context of collaboration that the relationship sits in across the region should be considered an example for stakeholders across the world”.