Sports data specialist Sportradar was one of the key players in identifying 17 participants in match-fixing in Romania, it has emerged.
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]ata and information supplied by Sportradar and UEFA led to the indictment of 14 players and three coaches at second-division level. On the basis of this evidence, the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) banned each party from participating in any football league game for a set period of time.
Our BFDS Reports and expert testimony proved pivotal in securing the sanctions that included a range of bans and fines
Coach Viorel Ion and assistants Marian Rosu and Romeo Bunica each faced a 200k lei fine and were excluded from all league games for between two months and two years. Meanwhile, the 14 players linked to match-fixing were fined between 10k and 50k lei each and banned from matches for between two months and 12.
“We sincerely hope this decision at first instance and the sanctions that have been imposed show our commitment to the integrity of football in our country,” said Costin Negraru, integrity manager at the Romanian Football Federation.
“At this point, we would like to thank UEFA and Sportradar for their information, insights and support. Their joint efforts were crucial in building our case, confirming our concerns and providing testimony.”
Andreas Krannich, security services MD at Sportradar, commented: “Our BFDS Reports and expert testimony proved pivotal in securing the sanctions that included a range of bans and fines. We remain committed to supporting any and all cases brought by our partner UEFA or any of their Member Associations.”