March 28 – Austria’s Play Fair Code (PFC) has strengthened ties with Sportradar’s integrity group via a memorandum of understanding that will increase information exchange and focus on education and prevention of corruption in sport – particularly with regard to matchfixing.
Austria’s PFC is a unique body in the war on sports corruption as it combines stakeholders under a single government sanctioned umbrella. Founded by the Austrian Sports Ministry, the Austrian Football Association (AFA) and the Austrian Football League collectively as the Association for Protecting the Integrity in Sports, it includes the most important Austrian sports stakeholders such as the Austrian Federal Sports Organisation, the Austrian Olympic Committee, the Austrian Ski Federation, the Bookmakers’ Federation, the Austrian Lotteries, the Austrian Ice Hockey League, the Austrian Basketball League together with a number of Austrian betting providers.
Central to their co-operation will also be a coordination and support of their efforts and advocacy before international and European authorities and institutions.
Play Fair Code CEO, Severin Moritzer (pictured right) said: “After nearly five years of a constant and fruitful relationship, we are now happy to take a next important step in this mutually beneficial cooperation.”
Sportradar’s Managing Director of Integrity Services, Andreas Krannich (pictured left) emphasised the importance of combining expertise and knowledge, saying: “We are very proud to be sharing our expertise with the Play Fair Code. The information we can provide from our monitoring and detection system including our advanced intelligence, investigation, education and consultancy will cover all bases. Combined with PFC’s in-depth expertise in the education field, this approach will see us mutually focus on eliminating potential corruption across sporting codes.”
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