After the Federal Criminal Police Office has made house searches and arrests in connection with games of the 3rd power level last November, due to the suspicion of games of the 3rd performance level, initial association law consequences have been drawn in parallel with the still ongoing criminal investigation.
The investigation was a result of the “intensive cooperation of officials of the Federal Criminal Police Office, experts from the company Sportadar and the Play Fair Code as well as the ÖFB,” says a broadcast on Friday.
Against the following players, preliminary suspensions were provided by the competent committee: Robert Bencun, Ratko Buljic, Dejan Cosic, Milos Gicic, Bartolomej Kuru, Marjan Markic, Dejan Nesovic, Philip Petermann and Andreas Strapajevic.
The preliminary suspension has not only impact on the activity as a player, but also extends to any other activity related to the football game operation (official, game official and game broker). This not only in Austria, but – after expansion by FIFA – worldwide.
Miletich: “Zero-tolerance policy in game manipulations”
“Integrity in sports is a tall good regardless of the league. Therefore, we have decided to look very precisely and the third performance level in addition to the prevention of the PLAY FAIR Code since the beginning of the ongoing season also from sports radar to potentially suspicious transactions monitors too let. In the context of our zero-tolerance policy in game manipulations, an important step could be set, “so ÖFB President Gerhard Milletich.
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With the beginning of the 2021/22 season, ÖFB has concluded a six-year contract for monitoring and preserving the integrity of the 3rd power level with SportsTradar Integrity Services season – the world’s leading provider of sports integrity solutions. In the context of the agreement, SPORTRADAR monitors over 700 games of the Austrian regional regional per season with its wagering solution, the Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS). A team of qualified integrity experts analyzes irregular betting patterns, and all suspicious games are reported immediately.