December 14, 2021 Sports Betting, Legal, Technology

Sportradar inks deal with Brazilian Federal Police

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Nation looking to safeguard sport from match-fixing, corruption.

Sportradar Integrity Services on Tuesday said it has signed a partnership with Brazil’s Federal Police force to strengthen and protect the sports integrity landscape of the South American nation.

Sportradar Integrity Services, a global supplier of sport integrity solutions, is a part of Sportradar, a global sports technology company that says it creates immersive experiences for sports fans.

Sportradar Integrity Services currently is partnered with more than 100 sports federations and leagues, Sportradar said.

The two parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see Sportradar Integrity Services, which has monitored global betting markets for more than 16 years, support the Brazil Federal Police by sharing relevant information to combat corruption in sport, and exchanging expertise to establish best practices for tackling fraud investigations, match-fixing, and countering corruption within sports and betting.

According to a statement from the Brazil Federal Police, match fixing is a serious and continually evolving threat to the integrity of global sports competitions, with evidence of large syndicates of criminal gangs seeking to manipulate the results of sporting events and bets, doping, and payment of bribes and money laundering associated with the high volumes of resources involved.

The strategic agreement with Brazil’s Federal Police further extends Sportradar’s cooperation with police and law enforcement agencies, which includes Europol, Spain’s Guardia Civil, and the Bulgarian, Austrian and French Police, among others.

“Corruption in sport is a topic that has attracted the attention of the international community, in which Brazil is also a part,” Paulo Gustavo Maiurino, general director of the Brazilian Federal Police, said in a statement. “This is due to the possibility of infiltration of criminal organizations in this sector. In light of this reality, the signing of this agreement between the Federal Police and Sportradar will allow for better targeting of criminal investigations related to such crimes in Brazil, especially those that require international coordination and cooperation.”

Andreas Krannich, managing director, integrity services, Sportradar, added: “Throughout the years we have supported various state authorities, government institutions, national platforms and sport federations, and these collaborations have demonstrated just how effective a joint effort can be in the anti-match-fixing cause, as shown in the 489 sporting sanctions and 50 criminal sanctions our work has contributed to in this time. Brazilian sport is safer as a result of this cooperation, and we are ready to assist the Federal Police of Brazil to help play our part in supporting the integrity of all Brazilian sport.”

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