Sportradar, the international sports data intelligence and digital content services provider, has today unveiled its Universal Fraud Detection System, a tool which will be offered to sports leagues and properties worldwide from October.
It will be available free of charge to any federation or league across the globe that makes the request, in what Sportradar has described as a “landmark commitment”.
This is the first time that a wide-ranging integrity service like this, which identifies manipulation of betting patterns and markets, will be made available for free.
The UFDS will be an evolution of Sportradar’s current integrity service, which last year claimed to have monitored betting activity across 26 different sports, across more than 1,000 leagues and competitions.
In the run-up to the service being made available, Sportradar has said it will “speak to governing bodies so they can understand the service being offered, and will continue to upscale their technology and operation to deliver this ambitious undertaking.”
Carsten Koerl, Sportradar’s chief executive, said: “We believe that integrity is fundamental to public confidence in sport… By making this significant investment, we are demonstrating our commitment to supporting the sustainability of sport around the globe.”
Responding to Sportradar’s announcement, the International Olympic Committee’s unit for the prevention of the manipulation of competitions said: “The IOC welcomes this significant commitment… We will will continue to work with all stakeholders of the Olympic movement, to reach a sustainable approach towards protecting all sports from competition manipulation.”
Sportradar has claimed that over the past 15 years, it has helped to bring over 400 successful disciplinary actions through the use of its integrity services.