Football: Asian Football Confederation ties up with Sportsradar to tackle match-fixing

SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - The Asian Football Confederation, blighted for years by a series of match-fixing scandals among member associations, has struck a deal with Sportsradar to help prevent further fraud.

The partnership will see Sportsradar, who says it processes 432 million odds movements per day at over 350 bookmakers in Asia and Europe, monitor matches at regional tournaments, including the 2015 Asian Cup, AFC Champions League and AFC Cup.

The AFC Cup was targeted by fixers earlier this year with a Singapore court jailing a Lebanese referee for six months and his assistants for three months after they were found guilty of accepting sexual favours to rig a match.

Sportsradar says it analyses over 53,000 matches each year and was instrumental in unearthing a match-fixing syndicate in Australia in October.

Sportsradar already boasts partnerships with football confederations Uefa and Concacaf as well as the English Premier League, Bundesliga, the English and Australia Football Associations and Cricket Australia.