The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced that it has extended its partnership agreement with sports data supplier Sportradar. Signing the agreement both organisations stated that they were committed to strengthening their fight against match-fixing in Asia.
Sportradar will continue to assist the Asian football governing body, providing the organisation with match analysis and data. The partnership will additionally see a furthering in cooperation and intelligence sharing by both parties
The new agreement will cover over 4,500 matches across Asia each year through the specifically developed AFC Monitoring System (AMS). This coverage will include all AFC competitions and the top professional leagues in each of the AFC’s Member Associations. In addition, prominent continental and regional tournaments will also be monitored by the system.
President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa signed the agreement on behalf of AFC, stating
“The integrity of sport is not negotiable. It is a crucial cornerstone to protecting the sport for future generations. At the AFC we are not content to just address this key area. We want to do everything we can to protect Asian football, to protect football in each country in Asia and to lead by example. Sportradar has proven to be a valuable partner in that objective and in our vision. With this new partnership, we have taken the best the organisation has to offer and extended it to each of our Member Associations.”
Sportradar Security Services Managing Director Andreas Krannich commented: “When the AFC came to us to start discussing the renewal of our partnership, we expected to roll forward with our existing suite of services. But instead they came to us with a challenge: can we take what we do for them, and do the same for each country in Asia!
“And not only that, they asked us to re-open our books and outline what other preventative and investigative solutions we could throw into the mix. That kind of proactivity and commitment has characterised our relationship with the AFC. They have been tireless in trying to utilise and leverage our services to the maximum. With this new partnership, we are able to offer much more insight and support to Asian football, and we would not be able to do it without the faith and backing of the AFC.”