The Asian Football Confederation believes that cooperation with the Swiss company Sportradar led to a sharp decrease in the number of agreements.
Benoit Pasquier, AFC General Counsel, admits that the partnership with Sportradar has been extended until 2023, even if a sharp decrease by 21% in the number of contractual matches has been noticed since 2016.
The catalyst of fixed matches is a great number of illegal bets. In 2018, Transparency International estimated the Asian illegal market at $ 400 billion. Sports betting are prohibited in the five most populated countries in Asia: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
In 2017, AFC launched a mobile application where all people can report about a rigged match or other violation, for example, about doping or sexual harassments.
110 Sportradar employees work in Asia, including 30 investigators with an army, law enforcement, and intelligence background. Sportradar monitors millions of matches and odds of 600 bookmakers.
Compared to Europe, low salaries motivate players to participate in such illegal betting as rigged matches, and the high interest of the audience is ensured by large limits of bookmakers.
Since 2013, the type of fraudsters has changed, if earlier they were presented as large syndicates, then after a series of high-profile criminal trials, they work alone on themselves. The volume of rates has significantly increased, and cryptocurrencies strength the position of the black market.