Europol strengthens match-fixing fight with Sportradar deal

Europol strengthens match-fixing fight with Sportradar deal

Monday, June 8, 2015 Totally Gaming

Anti-crime agency Europol says it has strengthened its fight against match fixing across the continent by signing a partnership with sports data operator Sportradar.

The European Union (EU) body will reap the benefits of Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System (FDS), which is used to detect possible match fixing by organisations such as continental football authorities UEFA, AFC and CONCACAF and the International Cricket Council (ICC).  

Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), both parties will exchange expertise, statistical data, information and trenads, and consider projects on which they can work together.

“In order to try and stop match fixing stakeholders from many different areas need to work closely together,” said Europol deputy director Wil van Gemert. "I look forward to our cooperation with Sportradar, and the aim is to make it more difficult for match fixers and manipulators to hide.”

Europol led Operation Veto, which identified 425 individuals suspected of fixing 380 football matches across 13 European countries in 2013.

However, last year, when signing an MoU with UEFA, Europol director Rob Wainwright said he believed that match-fixing was not a serious problem in Europe. Wainwright said: “I still don’t think it’s a major problem in European football, not from what I see. But we are sending a message that we want to make sure it doesn’t become one.”

Reports generated by Sportradar’s FDS provides an insight into the markets on particular matches and have been used as part of sports disciplinary procedures as well as criminal investigations and prosecutions.

As well as offering Security Sevices and FDS, Sportradar is also a data partner of organisations such as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

Sportradar chief executive Carsten Koerl said: “Europol have long played an active role in discussions, projects and investigations around the issue of match-fixing. Their commitment to stamping this scourge out is self-evident. The fact that we have signed this agreement to share information and collaborate on projects is a huge distinction for our Security Services and our FDS.

“We are in little doubt that working together, in the spirit of the Macolin Convention, we will start making further breakthroughs and will continue closing the net on those who would undermine the credibility of the sports we all love and follow."

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