The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the governing body for soccer in Asia, has extended and expanded its partnership with sports data and integrity company Sportradar.
The new agreement will be specifically focused on addressing match-fixing, and will see the AFC use Sportradar’s intelligence and investigation services for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The expanded deal complements the existing agreement between the AFC, Sportradar and Fifa, soccer’s global governing body, to monitor betting patterns for all matches in the top two leagues and cups of each of the AFC’s member associations.
Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, president of the AFC, said: “In the AFC vision and mission, the fight against match-fixing is imperative and remains ongoing. We, at the AFC, take this threat extremely seriously and our actions during recent years demonstrate our zero-tolerance stance. But we also appreciate that times are changing, and technology is needed to combat this ever-growing threat. Sportradar’s technology and proven expertise will help us to target those corrupting our game.”
Sportradar’s chief executive Carsten Koerl added: “We are delighted, honoured and proud that the AFC is taking such a determined step in the fight against match-fixing. Our Fraud Detection System has long been proven as a potent weapon against match manipulation. And now our Intelligence and Investigation products will give the AFC an added layer of protection.”