Siobhan Aslett27.02.2017

England’s Rugby Football League (RFL) has taken steps to ensure the integrity of their sport by signing a two year partnership agreement with Sportradar for their Integrity Services and Fraud Detection System.

The partnership has coincided with the start of the 2017 season and will see the RFL using the Sportradar Fraud Detection System to monitor more than 200 rugby league matches to ensure they are free of corruption, including the Betfred Super League, Dacia World Club Series Games and Ladbrokes World Cup. In addition, the Sportradar Integrity Services will offer integrity workshops to RFL match officials and club representatives.

“At the Rugby Football League we take the integrity of the game very seriously,” stated Karen Moorhouse, Rugby Football League director of operations and legal. “It is important that everyone within Rugby League, but also those outside our immediate reach, are in no doubt about our commitment to an honest and credible sport. Our partnership with Sportradar underpins our message and magnifies it. We are looking forward to working with them over the coming years.”

RFL has also signed up to the Sport Betting Integrity Forum’s 2017 Action Plan, emphasising their commitment to sports integrity. The Action Plan aims to prevent, protect from and deter sports betting-related corruption through collaboration between sports, betting operators, government and law enforcement.

“It seems that 2017, as young a year as it is, is already showing itself to be a year of unmatched commitment to the sporting integrity cause,” commented Sportradar’s managing director for integrity services. “Following the recent CAS decision and our FIFA partnership, this alliance with the Rugby Football League is incredibly encouraging and shows that the sporting world continues to have sports and individuals who are unwavering in their commitment to competition that generates emotion and can be free of doubt.”