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Sportradar released a strongly worded statement on Friday, refuting a story out of Italy that made a series of serious allegations about the sports data company.
Business Insider Italy published a piece this week alleging Sportradar links to the ongoing “Galassia” investigations in Italy. That criminal inquiry involves the mafia, online gambling companies in Malta and illegal gambling operations in Italy. More on that here.
Legal Sports Report is not linking to or re-reporting the original Business Insider Italy piece, because it cannot independently corroborate any of the allegations therein.
Today, Sportradar refuted the report in its entirety. Here is the full statement:
Sportradar strongly refutes the allegations made within the article published by Business Insider Italia on 30.10.19 and regards many of these allegations and statements made to be incorrect, untrue and defamatory.
Sportradar acts, and has always acted, in full compliance with local and international regulations, legal requirements and regulatory bodies, and has never been involved in any alleged illegal activities. Sportradar provides services to hundreds of sporting authorities both in Italy and globally, and actively supports and works alongside local and international police and law enforcement authorities in their fight against corruption and crime. Our work has uncovered some of the most high-profile illicit practices aimed at manipulating sporting competitions in Italy, Europe and worldwide.
The article in question is wholly inaccurate and misrepresents our work both in Italy and globally. Sportradar completely rejects its content and the allegations made and is considering taking appropriate legal action to protect its business and reputation.
While we will not be making further comment on this at this time, we take these allegations very seriously and they will be appropriately addressed.
Sportradar is an international corporation that collects and distributes data to both the media and bookmakers around the world. It is a data partner of the four major US sports leagues: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL. It recently became the exclusive provider of official data for wagering on behalf of the NFL.