Sportradar strengthens fight against match-fixing in the DFL

Sportradar Integrity Services has strengthened its current agreement with the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga in a move that will see the duo ramp up the fight against match fixing in connection with sports betting.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sportradar has rolled out its Fraud Detection System (FDS) which seeks to carry out  systematic and continuous monitoring, detection, documentation and tracking of betting manipulation in the global betting market. 

The system, which has been recognised in numerous CAS procedures, has also been used by UEFA, AFC and FIFA for several years.

Having initially established an alliance back in 2005, the agreement encompasses all matches in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 matches, the relegation play-offs between the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 and Bundesliga 2 and 3. Liga, the Supercup, and the friendlies of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 teams in Germany and abroad.

As well as the roll out of the FDS, Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 teams have received additional training on the prevention of match fixing since the start of the 2018-19 season, with receipt of annual training of the professional squad is a mandatory condition for maintaining the licence. 

Training tailored towards raising awareness to match fixing has been made available via an e-tutorial, while  tip-offs can also be submitted using the “DFL Integrity App”, which is available for free download via the App Store and Google Play.

Players, trainers and officials at the clubs are prohibited from placing bets, which is enshrined in the Legal Code and Rules of Procedure of the DFB. This prohibition is part of the standard employment contract in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2. 

Clubs across the country are obliged to implement  appropriate preventative measures in the U16 to U23 age groups at the academies since the 2014-15 season.

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