DFB brings in Genius Sports to monitor match-fixing threat

July 30 – The German FA (DFB – Deutscher Fussball Bund) has selected Genius Sports to monitor more than 7,500 fixtures for match-fixing and betting-related corruption activity.

The decision by the DFB brings a second sports betting monitoring service into the German market with Sportradar already carrying out monitoring for the Bundesliga (DFL).

Starting with the new 2019/20 season, “Genius Sports’ Bet Monitoring System will track global betting patterns across Bundesliga, 2. Bundesliga, German internationals, women’s and youth team fixtures, by analysing global odds movements with predictive algorithms, this technology will automatically flag potentially suspicious betting activity in real-time,” said a Genius press release.

Hendrik Große Lefert, DFB Integrity Officer, said: “We look forward to working with Genius Sports as our new integrity service provider and hope to gain new impetus in the field of preventing betting-related corruption.”

While the top two tiers of German football are generally safe from match-fixers, there has been suspicion in the lower tiers. Genius will provide alerts of suspicious betting patterns and reports on individual games including analysis to support any integrity investigations.

Steven Burton, managing director at Genius Sports, said: “Our monitoring technology, expertise in analysing real-time betting and global intelligence network will provide comprehensive protection for the DFB, ensuring their games remain transparent and unpredictable.”

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