FAM announce new Sportradar deal

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have announced a three-year tie up with leading sports data technology and services provider, Sportradar, but the agreement does not include their renowned betting pattern monitoring service...

Calls – led by Crown Prince of Johor Tunku Ismail Ibrahim – urging the national body to utilise Sportradar's monitoring services, which raises red flags based on betting patterns for potential match-fixing, have been prevalent.

Tunku Ismail claimed FAM were reluctant to enlist the company to combat match-fixing and even offered to foot the bill himself. FAM were expected to tackle this issue on Wednesay but surprised those present as no mention was made as to the betting pattern monitoring services until prompted.

Instead, the FAM agreed to test Sportradar's pilot project – Federation Management Platform (FMP) – for free until 2018.

"We did not touch on monitoring of betting patterns in regards to this agreement. There were some discussions in the past ... it is something we need to look at further in the near future," said FAM deputy president Datuk Seri Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad.

The FMP is made up of three core services:

  • Management Tool – Providing FAM the ability to configure, plan and manage leagues, tournaments, schedules and venues.
  • Data Collection Tool – Allowing FAM to administer leagues from desktops or mobile devices, where FAM will be able to generate statistics.
  • Data Visualisation and Commercialisation Tool – Dissemination of game data and coverage across a plethora of widget solutions.

Moktar explained the deal will make collection of match data easier and instant. Match commissioners and referees no longer needs to physically produce reports as everything would be at the touch of a button.

However, players statistics are limited to goals scored and cards collected. Other statistics such as distance covered and passes made could be included in future.

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