SIS And SFA Enter Strategic Alliance To Combat Match Fixing In Slovakia

In order to fight match-fixing in Slovak football, Starlizard Integrity Services (SIS) and the Slovak Football Association (SFA) have entered into a strategic alliance.

In addition to the Slovakia Cup and Slovakia Super Cup, the agreement will see SIS warn the SFA when unusual and suspicious betting trends are observed in relation to the country’s top-flight Fortuna Liga.

In addition, clear allegations of match-fixing and match-manipulation in Slovak football will be investigated by the Sports Integrity Group and the SFA will assist in any investigation into illegal activity.

Commitment to preserve football integrity

Jakub Čavoj, the SFA’s Integrity Officer said: “The partnership underlines the commitment of the Slovak Football Association to preserving the integrity of football in our country. We are delighted to be working with SIS.

“Their deep understanding of betting markets around the world will be invaluable in helping identify any suspicious betting behaviour and potential match-fixing concerning games being played in Slovakia.”

SIS is the sports integrity arm of Starlizard, a London-based sports betting consulting company, which has been in business since 2010.

As well as reviewing on-pitch performance data and comprehensive analysis, the service uses analytics to detect betting industry discrepancies and suspicious trends.

Affy Sheikh, Head of Integrity Services of Starlizard, added: “We are honoured to have been entrusted by the Slovak Football Association to help them in their dedicated efforts to keep the national game clean. 

“Match-fixing is a scourge in football and it is great to see the SFA taking pre-emptive steps to minimise the risk.”

In December 2020, the SFA also entered into a data-sharing agreement with the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). The pair will work together to protect the dignity of sports events in Slovakia and will help with police investigations.