Stats Perform will support its global stakeholders to combat match-fixing and safeguard the integrity of sports after announcing the full launch of its ‘performance integrity analysis’ service.
Merging its corporate disciplines of performance data gathering, video capture and sports analysis, Stats Perform’s new integrity service will allow sports and match officials to evaluate and assess ‘events on the field of play’.
Marked as a major advancement for sports integrity, Stats Perform noted that its performance analysis service will deliver a ‘new dimension of insights’ to sporting investigations.
“Underpinned by a robust process and methodology, Stats Perform Integrity utilises the deepest and highest quality Opta performance data along with a suite of bespoke in-house analytical tools to provide a deeper view of what has unfolded on the pitch and how this relates to the overall integrity of any given match,” Stats Perform detailed in its statement.
As reported by The Guardian, Stats Perform’s new service has already been deployed in several major investigations, including by the Council of Europe’s ‘Working Group on Sports Integrity’ – who highlighted Stats Perform’s methodologies and analysis as an essential tool in the detection of match manipulations.
Jake Marsh, Global Head of Integrity at Stats Perform, commented: “As with every element of sport integrity, success is built on a unified combination of measures across prevention, detection and investigation.
“Sport governing bodies have been calling for professional performance analysis to support the fight against match-fixing and we have answered that call. This is an additional tool and deterrent in the fight against sporting corruption, and a new front in maintaining the integrity of sport.”
Stats Perform underscored the positive feedback from partner organisations that have deployed its new service, allowing them to secure a deeper level of analysis and confidence when judging manipulations and launching integrity cases.
Of note, federations and sports bodies have gained new insights in terms of analysing the in-play complexities attached to suspicious athlete/team performance. As a result, sporting organisations can judge whether a match-or-game has been manipulated by a predetermined result.
Alex Rice, Chief Rights Officer at Stats Perform, added: “Opta data is the most trusted, accurate and largest performance database in the industry.
“We’ve been using it in the media and elite team performance space for years but by switching the perspective, we’re able to help answer questions about the integrity of a match using a professional approach and methodology.”
Performance integrity analysis has been made available alongside Stats Perform’s full suite of integrity provisions, including education, betting markets monitoring and intelligence, and investigations – all of which remain core functions in the battle against corruption in sport.