English rugby union’s governing body the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has agreed to partner sports data and betting solutions security services provider Sportradar as part of its effort to safeguard the sport from corrupt activity.
Under the agreement, Sportradar will monitor various RFU-governed competitions for signs of betting-related corruption and fraudulent activity.
Events covered by the partnership include the top two divisions of rugby union in England, the Premiership and Championship, the knockout LV= Cup competition and other British and Irish domestic club competitions in addition to the Autumn national team matches.
Sportradar will work alongside the Rugby Players Association, Premiership Rugby and Championship Clubs as part of the effort.
“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 the game, its participants and its integrity,” RFU’s chief executive officer, Ian Ritchie, said.
“The engagement of Sportradar is only one of the many steps that the RFU is taking as part of its Anti-Corruption Strategy.”
The partnership was announced just a day after Sportradar linked up with the Asian Football Confederation continental governing body for a similar initiative.
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