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CONMEBOL call in Sportradar to boost battle against match-fixers

Alejandro Dominguez

January 12 – South American confederation CONMEBOL has called in Sportradar to boost its battle against matchfixing and the on-going threats posed across the region.

In the first instance Sportradar will roll out its Fraud Detection System, monitoring the global betting market across a host of leagues and competitions to detect possible fixes and manipulation. This will work with its “Fraud Intelligence Unit, dedicated to collecting, processing and responding to information about possible threats to the sport.”

Sportradar will also undertake an education and training programme wth players, clubs and national federations via its Fraud Prevention Services.

Alejandro Domínguez (pictured), CONMEBOL’s President, said: “In this new CONMEBOL, we take our responsibility to ensure the integrity of football, both on the field of play and in its management, incredibly seriously. (Being able) to prevent, identify and investigate various forms of sporting fraud, marks a new milestone in our crusade to strengthen transparency, guarantee sports justice, promote fair play values and strengthen confidence in the institutions that govern football.”

While CONMEBOL has made more headlines over the last 18 months for the conduct of its executives, many of whom have been arrested in the US Department of Justice corruption investigations, there has been a growing concern over the rise in illegal activities that are threatening the integrity of the region’s competitions.

Domínguez, who took over the presidency a year ago, has made it his mission to reform the confederation and the Sportradar deal is an important step in that mission.

Sportradar also works with UEFA and the AFC covering match-fixing and integrity issues.

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