29th January 2021: The Slovak Football Association (SFA) and Starlizard Integrity Services (SIS) announced that they have formed a strategic partnership aimed at keeping the menace of match-fixing away from football in Slovakia.
Under the agreement, SIS will alert the SFA to irregular and suspicious betting patterns in relation to the Fortuna Liga (the country’s top league), the Slovakia Cup and Slovakia Super Cup. SIS will also investigate specific allegations of match-manipulation in Slovak football matches and work closely with the SFA on any match-fixing investigations.
Jakub Čavoj, 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.”Jakub Čavoj, SFA Integrity Officer
Affy Sheikh, Head of Starlizard Integrity Services, 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.”AFFY SHEIKH, HEAD OF STARLIZARD INTEGRITY SERVICES
About the Slovak Football Association
The Slovak Football Association is the governing body of football in Slovakia and its scope of responsibilities includes, among other things, governing all categories of football in the territory of the Slovak Republic in accordance with the principles of fair play and social responsibility. The SFA protects and promotes the interests of its members so they can achieve the highest goals possible, not only at a national level but also at an international level, and always in accordance with the conditions of membership of the Slovak Republic in the European Union and the membership of the Slovak Football Association in FIFA and UEFA, as an instrument for global societal development.
About Starlizard Integrity Services
Starlizard Integrity Services has been producing independent anti-match-fixing analyses for sports governing bodies and associations since 2010, using its deep insight to identify betting market discrepancies and suspicious patterns, coupled with on-pitch performance data analyses and detailed research. With an unrivalled knowledge of sport and related betting market movements, it is perfectly placed to identify suspicious games and betting patterns. Starlizard Integrity Services is part of Starlizard, the London-based sports betting consultancy that specialises in football and understanding the Asian Handicap and Total Goals betting markets. For more information, visit www.starlizard.com/integrity-services.