No kelong attempt escapes FDS radar

Sportradar, with its Fraud Detection System (FDS), detects suspicious kelong attempts by analysing data.

And this has led to arrests, particularly in the Australian match-fixing scandal involving Victorian Premier League team Southern Stars last year.

Nine foreign players and the coach were arrested by Victorian police. Three of four players who later pleaded guilty to match fixing were fined.

Syndicate leader Segaran "Gerry" Subramaniam, a Malaysian linked to convicted Singaporean match fixer Wilson Raj Perumal, was jailed for three years.

Sportradar's managing director for strategy and integrity, Mr Andreas Krannich, told The New Paper in an e-mail: "The recent Southern Stars case proves that match fixing is a profitable business even in the largely unwatched Victorian Premier League.

"When we examine the players' wages, market liquidity, potential profits and lack of consistent jail terms for match fixers, organised crime is likely to view match fixing as one of the best opportunities for illegal gains."

The FDS analyses up to 100 million pieces of data per day by looking at odds from more than 450 bookmakers worldwide in both pre-match and live betting. It also tracks football players linked to suspicious matches.