Sportradar Integrity Services, the world’s largest provider of sports integrity solutions, has signed an agreement with the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) to monitor and protect the integrity of its national football competitions.
Sportradar will help Svff monitor his competitions
During the 2021 season, Sports radar will use its market-leading betting tracking solution, Fraud Detection System, to screen over 2,000 matches of Swedish Ettan, Division 2, U21 Allsvenskan, U19 Allsvenskan and friendly matches involving Swedish teams (FDS).
The SvFF has previously sought help from Sportradar’s intelligence and investigative services in connection with an ongoing investigation into a former Allsvenskan player. The organization is known to ban players, including Dickson Etuhu who was suspended in 2020. The SvFF will again be able to do so under the terms of the agreement.
The SvFF Integrity Officer, Johan claesson, indicated that the association was taking all necessary measures to safeguard its games. The conclusion of this agreement and the partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services will give the association the necessary tools to monitor all of its matches.
SvFF will also have the means to oversee the betting markets with the help of Sportradar integrity specialists. Claesson said he is confident that by integrating Sportradar’s intelligence and investigative services integrity program, the association will gain additional insight into emerging integrity threats.
Match-fixing is a global problem
Getting Sportradar Integrity Services to operate in the betting markets is very important to everyone involved in the industry who might lose money due to match fixing.
At a workshop held two weeks ago, the Football Kenya Federation urged lawmakers to take action against match-fixing. Match-fixing has been described as a “global threat” by the Federation, which called for the establishment of a legislative framework to combat the practice.
Kenyan lawmakers may soon take disciplinary action against those involved in match-fixing. CEO of the Kenyan Football Federation (FKF) Barry otieno urged lawmakers to take action against match-fixing at the Integrity Workshop held at the Utalii Hotel in Nairobi.
Match-fixing attempts have increased in small leagues during the coronavirus pandemic, with around 160 suspect matches in Asia in 2020, according to Sportradar. However, the number of games that have been patched has decreased around the world.
Sportradar’s UFDS has identified 526 irregular sports matches in more than 600,000 matches worldwide over the past year, including more than 1,000 tournaments, resulting in 102 penalties and nine convicted offenders.
Among the sports mentioned were football, basketball, volleyball and beach volleyball, as were handball, tennis, table tennis, ice hockey, cricket and esport.