LaLiga, which operates the top two divisions of Spanish football, will step up its leading role in the fight against illegal betting and match-fixing by launching in-house software designed to monitor suspicious activities ahead of the start of the new season.
The development marks a bold and innovative move by LaLiga, which until now has used third-party providers to monitor the top two tiers.
LaLiga, which has already shared in-house software with the Spanish police force with regard to fighting piracy, is committed to tackling integrity issues even in competitions that are not under its control.
Over the coming months, LaLiga’s internal integrity team will expand from a core of three analysts as and when dictated by the software and its 24-seven monitoring capabilities.
The software will complement LaLiga’s expanding work across various strands of the integrity spectrum.
“We have been very satisfied with the work of our partners, but we need to enhance our monitoring process, and if we manage things in-house, we can utilise our knowledge of the lower divisions.” Said Alfredo Lorenzo Mena, LaLiga’s director of integrity and security.
“We are developing our own software and have our own team of analysts. Under the new system, perhaps 50 to 60 per cent of the analysis can be attributed to the software, but the other intelligence we will bring to the situation is very important.
“We have tailor-made resources to monitor our competitions and perhaps other leagues and associations could follow this example in due course.”
“Two years ago, we started working with clubs from below the top two divisions and we provided the same solutions as we have for the Liga and Segunda División,” Mena said. “The clubs are more aware now of the importance of integrity and we aim to expand our collaborations with women’s competitions and other tournaments.”
“We have such a strong integrity programme and we do believe that our competition is well protected,” Mena concludes.