RFU Seals Sportradar Monitoring Deal
November 26, 2013
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced a deal to use Sportradar’s integrity monitoring services.
Under the agreement, mind Sportradar will monitor all of the domestic Rugby Union competitions (Aviva Premiership Rugby, Greene King IPA Championship, LV= Cup, British and Irish Cup) as well as the autumn QBE Internationals for signs of betting-related corruption and fraudulent activity.
Working in conjunction with the Rugby Players Association (RPA), who have been active in educating players on betting integrity for the last three years, Premiership Rugby and the Championship Clubs, this latest initiative by the RFU is part of an overall joint Rugby Union strategy designed to proactively safeguard the sport from corrupt activity.
RFU CEO, Ian Ritchie, said: “Although rugby union is not seen as a high-risk sport in this regard, the RFU recognises that it is essential to take proactive, preventative action to protect rugby union, its participants and its integrity. The engagement of Sportradar is only one of the many steps that the RFU is taking as part of its Anti-Corruption Strategy.”
Sportradar CEO, Carsten Koerl, added: “Sportradar are delighted to be working with the RFU to protect their sport. Their proactive approach will ensure that English rugby union can continue to prosper for years to come”.