Sportradar, the world's leading sports data analyst and fraud prevention company, announced today that they have signed an agreement with the Asean Football Federation (AFF), to monitor the Suzuki Cup 2014.
Sportradar will be monitoring the 18 cup games in the Suzuki Cup to prevent any sort of fraud as well as set up education work shops to the tournament officials in Hanoi and Singapore. There they will teach about the dangers of match-fixing and similar issues.
The Suzuki Cup is an event that takes place every second year and is jointly hosted by Vietnam and Singapore. Eight teams will be competing in the tournament, where four will qualify for the final round and eventually find a winner of the tournament.
Speaking about the deal, Lt Gen Dato’ Azzuddin Ahmad (Retired), the General Secretary of the AFF, said: “The AFF Suzuki Cup is the most exciting competition in the region and has been electrifying fans since 1996. But we are not blind to the dangers that match fixing and manipulation poses. Together with the best monitoring system available, we will be vigilant, precisely so that our fans don’t have to be. They can just focus on enjoying the highly competitive and entertaining tournament and doing all they can to will their respective teams to the title of champions!”
Representing Sportradar at the signing, Senior Manager – Asia Oscar Brodkin had this to add: “The last 12 months has been a whirlwind for Sportradar in Asia. We have been welcomed and supported by so many federations. It should be incredibly encouraging and reassuring for all football fans in the region that leaders across Asia are standing strong in the face of match-fixing. The AFF today have shown their unwavering commitment to integrity and we will work tirelessly to help the tournament officials spot the danger signs and to keep the AFF abreast of any suspicious behaviour in the regulated and unregulated betting markets. The players and fans will make this is a magic tournament; we will do all we can to keep it honest.”