France’s national racing and games police service and Sportradar join forces to protect sport’s integrity
France’s Service Central des Courses et Jeux (SCCJ), which is the department within France’s national police force that oversees the country’s racing and betting services, has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sportradar, the company that delivers internationally- respected detection, education and intelligence services to sport and law enforcement around the world.
Under the terms of the MoU, both parties will actively engage in the exchange of expertise, statistical data, information and/or trends as they relate to sporting integrity. Moreover, the two parties will now begin exploring projects that they can collaborate on or support each other on.
Right after the official MoU signing, Philippe Menard, the SCCJ’s Chief said: “Our aim in France is to make sure that we are at the forefront of the fight against match fixers and manipulators. That requires us to identify the most potent allies to help us shore up our defences. Our informal collaborations with Sportradar to date have left us in no doubt that today’s signing is a strong statement of intent and we look forward to working closer with their specialists to safeguard French sport”.
Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director Andreas Krannich added: “We have already worked closely and fruitfully with Mr Menard and his team in the past, looking at various sporting events held in France and also supporting their efforts around the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament hosted in France. It was clear to me that we could do more in the future and this MoU sets us up to begin identifying other ways for us to share insights and develop investigations. It is so encouraging to see the SCCJ live the spirit of the Macolin Convention and we are honoured that they trust us to support the efforts of the French National Platform going forward”.
About Sportradar (www.sportradar.com)
Sportradar is a global leader in understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for its clients around the world.
The company’s Security Services operation provides the Fraud Detection System (FDS) to several federations, including the AFC, CONCACAF and UEFA. This unique system allows the Security Services team to monitor betting behaviour and patterns worldwide and to identify suspicious activities. Those findings prove invaluable for sports federations and law enforcement agencies that are looking to pinpoint match-fixers. The Security Services also include the Fraud Prevention Service (FPS) through which Sportradar offers education tools and services that have been delivered to leagues and clubs around the world. These have been show to increase awareness of illegal betting and match-fixing among those involved in sport.
More than 600 businesses in over 80 countries rely on Sportradar’s data depth and quality services in their daily business. Headquartered in Switzerland, Sportradar has offices in 30 other cities and employs over 1,300 highly experienced staff worldwide.
About SCCJ (www.police-nationale.interieur.gouv.fr)
The Service Central des Courses et Jeux (“SCCJ”) makes up a part of the Central Directorate of the French Criminal Police and is responsible for the supervision of gaming establishments, racecourses, horse and sports betting and games related to new technologies. It carries out an administrative police and criminal police mission.
It ensures respect for the regularity and integrity of games, whatever they may be, as well as for the protection of players and the defense of the interests of the State, and carries out administrative investigations in the field of gaming regulation.
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