Today, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has extended its existing three year integrity partnership with Sportradar, ensuring that the two parties will work together until 2019.
The RFU employed Sportradar in 2013 and since then, the leader in match fixing monitoring, prevention and intelligence has overseen activities and odds patterns across over 550 betting operators worldwide for a range of rugby union competitions and fixtures. For the next three years, Sportradar will monitor all matches of the Aviva Premiership, the Greene King IPA Championship, the Anglo Welsh Cup, the British & Irish Cup, as well as the Old Mutual Wealth series. Altogether, this coverage will total over 420 matches per year.
RFU Chief Executive Officer Ian Ritchie said: “Although rugby union is not necessarily viewed as a high risk sport when it comes to match fixing, we remain determined to be proactive in working to protect the game. We are delighted that with Sportradar by our side, we will continue to offer a credible, respected and effective defence”.
Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s Managing Director for Integrity Services also praised the deal: “We are proud of the reputation we have built up in the rugby union ecosystem. The RFU were one of the first federations in the sport to employ our award-winning Fraud Detection System and we couldn’t be happier that we will have the opportunity to work with them for a further three years. By developing our work with leading law enforcement agencies and sport rights holders like the RFU, we will continue to ensure that the sports that fans in England and beyond love, remain thrilling and of course honest”.
Sportradar Integrity Services have partnerships with some of the world’s key rugby union stakeholders, such as World Rugby, the Six Nations, European Professional Championship Rugby, New Zealand Rugby Union, Australian Rugby Union, South African Rugby Union, Italian Rugby Union as well as of course the RFU.
ABOUT THE RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION
The Rugby Football Union is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England, with 2,000 autonomous rugby clubs in its membership.
The Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) mission is to lead, promote and govern the whole of English rugby union with expertise and equity, while maintaining the game’s core values and ensuring it remains a sport for all.
England is the largest rugby playing nation in the world, with nearly 700,000 active players of all ages. That’s almost a quarter of all clubs in the top 10 rugby-playing countries.
For more information about the RFU, please visit: www.englandrugby.com
Sportradar is a global leader in understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for its clients around the world.
The company’s Security Services operation provides the Fraud Detection System (FDS) to several federations, including the AFC, CONCACAF and UEFA. This unique system allows the Security Services team to monitor betting behaviour and patterns worldwide and to identify suspicious activities. Those findings prove invaluable for sports federations and law enforcement agencies that are looking to pinpoint match-fixers. The Security Services also include the Fraud Prevention Service (FPS) through which Sportradar offers education tools and services that have been delivered to leagues and clubs around the world. These have been show to increase awareness of illegal betting and match-fixing among those involved in sport.
More than 800 businesses in over 80 countries rely on Sportradar’s data depth and quality services in their daily business. Headquartered in Switzerland, Sportradar has offices in 30 other cities and employs over 1,500 highly experienced staff worldwide.
For more information about Sportradar, please visit: www.sportradar.com.
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