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Sportradar monitors Finnish sports competitions

Sportradar Integrity Services, a unit of Sportradar, will now control the integrity of competitions across numerous sports in Finland. In doing so it will also focus on sports betting anomalies.

Sportradar Integrity Services will monitor around 5,000 games in total across ice hockey, basketball, handball, volleyball, floorball, futsal, MMA, pesapallo, bandy, and football.
Sportradar Integrity Services will monitor around 5,000 games in total across ice hockey, basketball, handball, volleyball, floorball, futsal, MMA, pesapallo, bandy, and football. Generic image: Pixabay

The Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports (FINCIS) has signed a multiyear agreement with Sportradar Integrity Services. From September 2022, the unit of the sports technology company Sportradar will be monitoring Finnish sports competitions. With its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS), it aims to detect match fixing and betting provider anomalies.

The company based in St.Gallen will monitor around 5,000 games in total across ice hockey, basketball, handball, volleyball, floorball, futsal, MMA, pesapallo, bandy, and football. According to a press release, Sportradar Integrity Services has discovered more than 7,300 suspicious games over the past 17 years. Out of these, 600 took place in 2022 alone. Sportradar describes its Integrity Services unit as a “core piece” of its larger business portfolio, which also includes the provision of data and technologies for media companies, betting operators, and federations.

Chief Investigative Officer of FINCIS, Jouko Ikonen, commented: “Sportradar has a proven track record in the sports integrity industry, and their expert bet monitoring capabilities will play a crucial role in helping to protect the integrity of Finnish sport in the years ahead.”

Andreas Krannich, CEO of Sportradar Integrity Services, believes that the global financial situation may further increase the risks for many sports. He adds: “As such, to sign another key partnership with a national platform in Europe, in line with the framework of the Council of Europe’s Macolin Convention, is something we take great pride in.” The Macolin Convention aims to combat manipulation of sports competitions.

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