Match-fixing in Asia down 21 percent in last five years

The Asian Football Confederation has reported a 21 percent drop in match-fixing in Asia over the last six years, owed to its partnership with sports data firm, Sportradar. 

Benoit Pasquier, AFC General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs told Reuters that the company has been pivotal in the reduction in the number of match-fixing related incidences and illicit activity. 

“From 2016 we’ve witnessed a decline in match-fixing across Asia by 21 percent and with our efforts in tandem with Sportradar, the preventive measures we’ve introduced have produced positive results.”

Oscar Brodkin, Director of Intelligence and Investigation Services at Sportradar, said that low wages were one of the main reasons match-fixing was a significant threat in Asia. 

“Most of Asia sits in the sweet spot of low wages and high coverage and is, therefore, one of the highest risk areas,” he said.

“Player wages in Asia are generally lower compared to places such as Europe but paired with the growing viewership of football in the region, leads to higher stakes allowed on the betting market and thus the opportunity for large-scale fraud.”

Last month the AFC and Sportradar renewed their partnership until the end of 2023. 

The agreement has also been expanded to cover other areas of sports integrity and security including monitoring anti-doping, age fraud, bullying and harassment, and stadium security.