EWS teams up with Perform Group to boost integrity battle

EWS teams up with Perform Group to boost integrity battle

Thursday, August 20, 2015 Totally Gaming
Fifa subsidiary ups ante in fight against match manipulation

Early Warning System (EWS), a subsidiary of football’s embattled global governing body Fifa, has strengthened its fight against match manipulation by striking a partnership with Perform Group.

Perform-owned sports data company Opta will integrate its historical and live performance data into EWS, which aims to root out suspicious betting activities.

EWS works with international betting operators and regulators to exchange information surrounding thousands of matches worldwide.

Perform has a significant interest in the betting and gaming industry, through Opta and also its Watch&Bet and RunningBall divisions.

Fifa’s director of security, Ralf Mutschke, described the new collaboration as a “perfect fit” to ensure an “effective and fact-based match analysis”.

He added: “Perform is a very strong partner in the global fight against match manipulation, and such cooperation represents a fundamental keystone of our overall strategy.”

Matthew Drew, director of integrity and security at Perform, added: “Perform fully supports EWS and its commitment to monitor and respond to the threat of match manipulation.

“We are delighted that Perform digital content can so readily be used in partnership with rights holders in order to strengthen the integrity of competitions. We look forward to cooperating with EWS for the benefit of Fifa competitions and those of its associations and confederations for a long time to come.”

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