The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has launched a SAFF Integrity mobile app in a partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services (SIS).
By leveraging SIS’ app, the SAAF aims to allow players, officials, and members of the public to report suspected match-fixing, match-manipulation and other integrity concerns to SAFF in a ‘safe and secure manner’.
Ibrahim Alkassim, General Secretary at the SAFF, commented: “Safeguarding the integrity of Saudi Arabian football is one of the biggest priorities at SAFF, and in looking to achieve this, we are delighted to be working with Sportradar Integrity Services who are the clear leaders in the particular field of sports integrity.”
In a bid to combat match-fixing, several football competitions organised by SAFF will be monitored by Sportradar’s Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS): a bet monitoring service.
“Monitoring services provided by their team of experts through the UFDS will strengthen our existing integrity measures, whilst the Education & Prevention webinars will ensure that all stakeholders are adequately and appropriately educated in how best to tackle integrity challenges,” Alkassim added.
SIS will also provide SAFF with an Integrity Risk Assessment to identify any potential integrity risks. The SAFF Integrity mobile app is available in both Arabic and English, and is also free of charge.
Furthermore, teams, players, match officials and other SAFF staff and stakeholders will also be educated on the importance of integrity via a series of webinars. Players and officials from teams participating in the 2021/22 Saudi Pro League were the first group to have attended the webinars, followed by SAFF staff members.
SIS Managing Director, Andreas Krannich, added: “It is an honour to partner with SAFF and as the global leader in sporting integrity, we are confident that our experience and expertise can help protect SAFF against integrity related issues.
“We look forward to working alongside them throughout the next few years and providing our support to their overall integrity programme.”
Sportradar’s UFDS is also deployed across the likes of UEFA, the NBA and the NHL to protect and safeguard the sports integrity.