Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has signed an agreement with integrity and data company Sportradar. ‘The South African Rugby Union (SARU) have called in Sportradar to release the full potential of their data and to protect their teams from the threat of match-fixing’, read an e-mailed statement. ‘The agreement’s data component positions Sportradar as a non-exclusive collector, processor and distributor of data from almost 300 matches played in South Africa. This figure includes the ABSA Currie Cup Qualification matches, as well as the ABSA Currie Cup Premier and First Division games. Under the integrity component on the agreement, Sportradar will use its award-winning Fraud Detection System to monitor all the matches in Super Rugby and the Rugby Championships involving South African teams, plus matches of the South African Springboks.’
A number of South African sports have recently been hit by match-fixing allegations. On 5 March, cricketer Alviro Petersen revealed that he had reported a match-fixing approach to the authorities. On 18 March, the Premier Soccer League announced that it had filed charges against eight officials and players for match-fixing. On 14 March, FIFA banned a number of football officials in connection to international friendlies played in South Africa in 2010. In January, Cricket South Africa (CSA) charged Gulam Bodi with attempting to fix aspects of the 2015 Ram Slam Twenty20 Challenge Series. In February last year, convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal claimed to have fixed qualifying games for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.
“We have recently seen allegations of match fixing in other South African sports and it is a threat that SA Rugby is not complacent about”, said SARU CEO Jurie Roux in a published statement. “Sportradar can safeguard us from these threats. Their data-related expertise will ensure that their betting monitoring systems, which are employed worldwide, will give us the most powerful tool available to spot and root out concerns.”