FIFA has concluded an agreement with Sportradar Integrity Services that will provide world football’s governing body with a full suite of monitoring, education and intelligence services to further strengthen the integrity of football around the globe.
Under the terms of the new agreement, Sportradar, the global leader in match manipulation detection and prevention, will use its award-winning Fraud Detection System to identify and analyze any suspicious betting behavior or patterns across a number of international and domestic competitions around the world.
FIFA will work closely with the six continental confederations (CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, CAF, UEFA, the AFC and the OFC) that comprise FIFA’s member associations to ensure that any findings are provided to the appropriate organizations, and to support any relevant follow-up action or disciplinary proceedings. The monitoring activities will cover various FIFA tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup™ and its qualifiers, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the Olympic Football Tournaments and all of its youth competitions, as well as a wide range of national leagues and all confederation-run competitions.
In addition to monitoring and detection services, FIFA will be able to call on Sportradar’s in-house intelligence and investigation experts.
Sportradar will also deliver a full range of fraud prevention services and provide a program of educational workshops and e-learning solutions, as well as a bespoke app to enable players, coaches and staff to understand the importance of protecting the integrity of football and the repercussions of fraudulent activities. The app will allow them to confidentially and anonymously report any concerns.
Speaking about today’s news, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “Preserving the integrity of the game is paramount to FIFA. Given that match manipulation is still a serious concern for everyone who loves the game, FIFA will work with Sportradar, the global leader in match manipulation detection and prevention, to invigorate and enhance our integrity program. FIFA is committed to tackling match manipulation and protecting the integrity of football for players and fans.”
Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl added: “It is an incredible honor to stand side by side with FIFA and also with all the confederations in a clear and unequivocal statement of intent and resistance. We have worked hard to earn the trust of a whole range of stakeholders across sport and of course football, and now we have the chance to join up all that work, expertise and insight and to provide the game with such a high level of monitoring and collaboration. We thank President Infantino and his team for their trust and look forward to working together with FIFA at the start of this new era.”
NOTES TO EDITOR
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is world football’s governing body and the umbrella organization of its members, currently 211 national football associations. Its main objectives, enshrined in its statutes, are to develop football around the world, to stage international competitions and to protect the integrity of football (against match manipulation, doping etc.). FIFA stages World Cups in various forms such as for youth, men and women, futsal, beach soccer or clubs. The men’s FIFA World Cup™ is not only the most popular single sporting event in the world but also the financial backbone for FIFA and its efforts to develop football worldwide. The financial success of the FIFA World Cup™ allows FIFA to run a wide range of football development programs and to provide infrastructure, know-how and financial support to its member associations.
To know more about FIFA, please visit the official web site at www.FIFA.com.
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