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FIFA closes match-fixing division

dpa logodpa 3/02/2017 Frank Thomas

FIFA have announced an agreement with data company Sportradar to detect match-fixing as it closed its own division to combat corruption in this area.

Football's ruling body FIFA on Friday announced an agreement with data company Sportradar to detect match-fixing as it closed its own division to combat corruption in this area.

FIFA's Early Warning System had been in operation for around a decade as FIFA initially preferred to have its own match-fixing detection body.

But FIFA said Friday that Sportradar and its Fraud Detection System "will identify and analyse any suspicious betting behaviour or patterns" and provide FIFA with "with a full suite of monitoring, education and intelligence services."

FIFA said that Sportradar, which also works with other football bodies such as Europe's UEFA, will provide an app allowing players, coaches and officials to educate them and to "confidentially and anonymously report any concerns" about possible illegal activities.

"Preserving the integrity of the game is paramount to FIFA," FIFA president Gianni Infantino said.

"Given that match manipulation is still a serious concern for everyone who loves the game, FIFA will work with Sportradar, the global leader in match manipulation detection and prevention, to invigorate and enhance our integrity programme. FIFA is committed to tackling match manipulation and protecting the integrity of football for players and fans."

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