Seeking to enhance its capabilities against match-fixing, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has launched a dedicated ‘integrity mobile application’ powered by sports data and integrity specialist Sportradar.
The integrity app will enable fans, players and officials to report possible suspicious activities or provide information concerning match-fixing or corruption to the AFC Integrity Unit.
AFC officials detail that the app will be instrumental to the football’s bodies new dedicated initiatives against fighting match-fixing and corruption.
The new application, which is free and available for download in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play, will also strengthen the AFC’s 360-degree approach on match-manipulation through the implementation of measures aimed at preventing, detecting and responding to match-fixing.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “The survival of all sports, not just football, depends significantly on our ability to preserve and protect the values of fair play and honesty. Under the banner of One Asia, One Goal, the AFC has reinforced the importance to safeguard the integrity and uphold the highest professional standards in all our competitions.
“Digital media and technologies have redefined how people communicate. This new mobile app will enhance our detection abilities and our intelligence network which will further strengthen our pursuit to combat match-fixing.”
Sportradar governance, detailed that it was pleased to deepen its existing relationship with AFC, focusing on fighting match-fixing elements through technology and innovation at all levels.
Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s Managing Director Integrity Services stated: “We first signed with the AFC back in 2013 and I am delighted to see our partnership continuing to evolve year on year. We have monitored, we have detected, we have investigated, built and resolved cases side by side. This latest development – this new app – showcases our own commitment to technologically-driven developments to protect football’s integrity and it underlines the AFC’s forward-thinking stance to empowering its fans and stakeholders”.