Sportradar, a leading sports data and content provider, has partnered with the Council of Europe on a new pilot project that will see it assess risk factors affecting the integrity of professional sports around the world.

The provider will supply data-driven insights to assess the risk factors threatening the fair play and integrity of global sport, in support of the Council of Europe’s Macolin Convention, which combats match-fixing in sport.

The pilot project will first and foremost be rolled out in four countries – Portugal, Norway, Georgia and Belgium – in an attempt to provide an effective methodology which could be made available by all 32 member countries of the Network of the National Platforms (also known as Group of Copenhagen), which was set up by the Council of Europe in 2016.

The Secretariat Council of Europe, said that firstly, they wish to evaluate the present situation with regard to national sports betting markets, and the current landscape in terms of betting liquidity and the number of bookmakers currently active in these markets.

The Council added that the data, analysis and insights which Sportradar will provide them with will be vital in informing the next steps of this process, and they welcome their cooperation in the early but crucial research stages of this important understanding.

Andreas Krannich, Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director, said that Sportradar have been firm supporters of the Council of Europe’s Macolin Convention since its proposed inception, and they are honored to be a supporting partner in one of its major projects.

Krannich also said that they have throughout the years supported various state authorities, government institutions, national platforms and sport federations in their anti-match-fixing efforts, by providing data-driven analysis of the risk factors within their regions to help inform future policy.

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