November 21 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has launched a mobile whistleblower app which will enable fans, players and officials to report suspicious activities or supply information on match-fixing and other forms of corruption in football.
The app, which is free and available for download in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play, will link to the AFC Integrity Unit who will act on any information received.
The app means that suspicious events can be reported in real time. It has been developed in collaboration with the AFC’s integrity partner Sportradar.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (pictured left) said: “The survival of all sports, not just football, depends significantly on our ability to preserve and protect the values of fair play and honesty… This new mobile app will enhance our detection abilities and our intelligence network which will further strengthen our pursuit to combat match-fixing.”
The app is an extension of what has become a growing partnership with Sportradar and which has seen action taken on several match-fixing cases in the last year, including one incidence acted upon during a tournament.
The AFC and Sportradar currently monitor 4,500 matches across Asia annually via the AFC Monitoring System (AMS).
Andreas Krannich (pictured right), Sportradar’s managing director Integrity Services, said: “We first signed with the AFC back in 2013 and I am delighted to see our partnership continuing to evolve year on year. We have monitored, we have detected, we have investigated, built and resolved cases side by side. This latest development – this new app – showcases our own commitment to technologically-driven developments to protect football’s integrity and it underlines the AFC’s forward-thinking stance to empowering its fans and stakeholders.”
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