Underlining its commitment to integrity, the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) announced that the eleventh edition of its flagship AFF Suzuki Cup will be overseen once again by Sportradar. The global leader in match-fixing detection, prevention and intelligence will monitor over 550 relevant betting operators around the world across all 18 matches of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup. In addition, Sportradar’s experts will also be leading integrity briefing to referees, team managers and match officials on the integrity measures in place at the tournament, reporting any information related to match-fixing and the potential consequences of fixing.
The AFF Suzuki Cup takes place every two years, and this year, the tournament will be jointly hosted by Myanmar and the Philippines, with the eight teams contesting the group stages until 26th November, after which the four qualifying teams will look to reach the finals and get their hands on the trophy on 17 December 2016. Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System will notify the AFF if there are any suspicious betting patterns on any of the 12 group games or the six games in the knock-out stages.
Speaking about the partnership, Lt Gen Dato Sri’ Azzuddin Ahmad (Retired), AFF General Secretary, said: “As well as putting on a competitive and exciting competition for our fans across this passionate region of the world, it is our responsibility to ensure that the competition is carried out in the spirit of integrity and honest efforts. To ensure that takes place, we look forward to working with Sportradar to keep our competition clean. They will help inform the relevant stakeholders about what is at stake and will help us keep a vigilant eye over this wonderful tournament”.
Sportradar MD Integrity Services Andreas Krannich added: “We have been partnering with the AFF for the past three years and we applaud the federation’s commitment to integrity. Our partnership with AFF marks another strong component of a very joined up and collaborative network across Asia. Indeed, the AFC have also been supporting the AFF’s efforts in this regard. As the world looks for models that work, our individual relationship with the AFF plus the context of collaboration that the relationship sits in across the region should be considered an example for stakeholders across the world”.
ABOUT THE ASEAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION
The AFF Suzuki Cup is a biennial football competition organised by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), accredited by FIFA and contested by the national teams of Southeast Asia.
A total of eight teams will vie for the AFF Suzuki Cup trophy from November 19 to December 17, 2016. The teams will include Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and 2014 champions Thailand, as well as host countries Myanmar and the Philippines.
The semi-finals and final will be played on a home and away format from December 3 to 17.
For more information about the AFF Suzuki Cup, please visit: www.affsuzukicup.com/2016/index.html
ABOUT SPORTRADAR INTEGRITY SERVICES
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 Integrity Services operation provides the Fraud Detection System (FDS) to several federations, including the AFC, UEFA, World Rugby, NHL and NBA. This unique system allows the Integrity 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 Integrity 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 1,650 highly experienced staff worldwide.
For more information about Sportradar, please visit: www.sportradar.com.