The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) has enhanced its partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services (SIS) in order to boost its safeguarding measures.
Under the terms of the multi-year deal, SIS’s Intelligence and Investigation Service (I&I) division will process publicly available information regarding the KNVB across the ‘surface, deep and dark web’.
By recruiting the I&I division’s services, the KNVB aims to enhance its current suite of integrity measures as well as bet monitoring of men’s and women’s football matches across the Netherlands, building on the work currently carried out by the wider SIS division.
Furthermore, the I&I team will work to identify and investigate potential integrity threats in relation to match-fixing, focusing on analysis of irregular betting patterns, match manipulation and corruption.
“We are confident that this partnership will put us in the strongest possible position to uphold the integrity of our competitions,” remarked Jan Peter Dogge, Integrity Officer at KNVB.
“KNVB takes the threat of match-fixing and other sporting corruption extremely seriously, and we recognise the experience and depth of knowledge which Sportradar possess in this field. Through this new intelligence partnership, we are looking forward to strengthening our integrity protections in these important areas.”
The partnership enhancement builds on Sportradar’s network of integrity clients in the football space, which also includes FIFA, UEFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), whilst SIS also announced a separate agreement yesterday with the Brazilian Federal Police to strengthen sporting integrity in the country.
Andreas Krannich, Managing Director Integrity Services, Sportradar, added: “Corruption in sport lives beyond match fixing and the importance of robust due diligence measures that touch every area of business cannot be underestimated.
“The evolving threats of match manipulation and other sporting corruption highlight the need for a constant and proactive approach to tackling potential integrity issues. Working with our Intelligence and Investigation services team, the KNVB has shown a commendable commitment to protecting the integrity of Dutch football.”