Sportradar to monitor Suzuki Cup
Sportradar is to monitor global betting at the Suzuki Cup 2014 after signing a deal with the ASEAN Football Federation, the body that represents south east Asia’s football nations.
The Swiss-based sports betting monitoring company will assess all 18 matches at the biennial Suzuki Cup, which began on November 22 and runs until December 20 and features eight national teams from south east Asia.
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.
Sportradar also covered the 2012 event and, according to a 2013 report in Singapore's The New Paper in Singapore, told the AFF there were suspicious betting patterns on the game between Malaysia and Laos, putting the match at warning level 2, which means strong suggestions that the match had been manipulated.
“The AFF Suzuki Cup is the most exciting competition in the region and has been electrifying fans since 1996," AFF general secretary Lt Gen Dato’ Azzuddin Ahmad (Retired) said.
"But we are not blind to the dangers that match fixing and manipulation poses.
“Together with the best monitoring system available, we will be vigilant, precisely so that our fans don’t have to be.
"They can just focus on enjoying the highly competitive and entertaining tournament and doing all they can to will their respective teams to the title of champions.”
Under the agreement, Sportradar also provided its education workshops to the tournament officials, both in Hanoi and Singapore, before the tournament began.
Oscar Brodkin, Sportradar senior manager Asia, added: “It should be incredibly encouraging and reassuring for all football fans in the region that leaders across Asia are standing strong in the face of match-fixing.
“The AFF have shown their unwavering commitment to integrity and we will work tirelessly to help the tournament officials spot the danger signs and to keep the AFF abreast of any suspicious behaviour in the regulated and unregulated betting markets.”
Earlier this week, Thanh Nien News in Vietnam reported that the country’s Crime Branch Police had assigned an officer to monitor the national team’s players during the tournament at the request of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).
Last week, the Asian Football Confederation said it would enforce the suspension of six Dong Nai FC players on the conference level, following sanctions issued by the VFF Disciplinary Committee.
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