Genius Sports to support German FA with integrity efforts

30 July 2019

The German Football Association (DFB) has appointed Genius Sports to develop and launch a new integrity programme to help prevent match-fixing and betting-related corruption.

The deal will begin from the 2019-20 season, with Genius Sports to use its Bet Monitoring System to track betting activity for over 7,500 games each year of the agreement.

Genius Sports’ technology will automatically flag potentially suspicious betting activity in real-time, with the DFB to receive detailed reports on individual games and analysis of global betting markets.

The agreement will cover global betting on the Bundesliga top tier, as well as the 2. Bundesliga second division, German national team matches, women’s games and youth team fixtures.

“We look forward to working with Genius Sports as our new integrity service provider and hope to gain new impetus in the field of preventing betting-related corruption,” DFS integrity officer, Hendrik Große Lefert, said.

Steven Burton, managing director at Genius Sports, added: “Being selected to safeguard the integrity and future of one of the largest football associations in the world is a huge honour for Genius Sports and is a testament to the quality of our services.

“Our monitoring technology, expertise in analysing real-time betting and global intelligence network will provide comprehensive protection for the DFB, ensuring their games remain transparent and unpredictable.”

Genius Sports has signed a number of similar agreements with other sporting bodies in recent month, including an extended deal with the International Basketball Federation and new partnerships with both the Bulgarian Football Union and the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

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