The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) sat alongside Sportradar at a press conference to outline its education strategy that will see 32 workshops per season covering referees, BFU officials and all football players from the top two leagues.
The significant statement of intent, a pledge to the fans and all the stakeholders of Bulgarian football, is reinforced by the fact that attendance of the workshops and completion of the e-learning modules and assessments will be mandatory for all players playing in the 1st and 2nd professional leagues.
Borislav Mihaylov, President of the BFU, commented: “On behalf of the Bulgarian Football Union, I’m delighted to sign this contract. As President of the BFU, I promise my full support to this initiative. I am in no doubt that I speak for all my colleagues in our Federation in this regard.
Deputy general secretary Pavel Kolev added: “This agreement means a lot to us. We are taking a step forward, supplementing the monitoring of the games already in place with a powerful educational strategy. I believe that organizing workshops all around the country will help us to present our position and so keep the integrity mission growing. This tour is one of our top priorities for the next few months.”
Sportradar Group Director Sales Southern Europe, Alex Gerontikos, also spoke of the deal: “Any federation that shows this level of commitment will always get our support. We are honoured that the BFU has come to us to devise the ambitious plan of safeguarding and securing sport, its participants and stakeholders against both betting-related match-fixing and corruption. There is a lot of work to do and we are fully committed to deliver.”