Spelinspektionen Submits Match-fixing Regulations For EC Approval

Spelinspektionen has applied to the National Board of Trade for notification to the European Commission new legislation and general advice on match fixing.

Under the proposed rules, betting markets will be restricted to the top four football divisions, with betting on the Swedish Cup limited to matches involving teams from those divisions.

This policy was also applied to games featuring international teams, with betting permitted only on games featuring teams from the top four divisions of that country.

According to the regulator, it was appropriate to limit betting to the top four tiers, because lower leagues might be more vulnerable to corruption.

The regulator declared: “Match fixing is considered as one of the biggest threats to sports today and as a result of this as well against betting and the companies that provide betting.

“There are, as far as can be judged, great risks in offering bets on games at low divisions in football.Monitoring from both sports federations and the media is lower and the athletes do not make money and are thus more vulnerable.

“There is also a risk of athletes or whole associations coming in contact with match fixing at lower levels and then taking the problem up through the pyramid with any sporting success.”

The new match fixing regulations will only come into force once the EU Commission has given approval, which is likely to take ‘just over three months.’ The regulations can be rolled out from 2021, if the green light is given.

“The regulations proposed in will not be discriminatory, they are motivated by compelling public interest considerations and the integrity of Swedish sports, they are appropriate to achieve their goals and they do not go beyond what is necessary to achieve a well-functioning gaming market where sporting integrity is preserved,” Spelinspektionen said.

The regulator stressed that regulations should not become too stringent as this may lead to operators leaving the Swedish market or players playing via unlicensed sites.

It added: “The unlicensed gaming market is never further away than a click on your computer or phone. Under the Gaming Act, licensed gaming companies have incentives to report suspected manipulation and are urged by industry organisations to do so, while unlicensed gaming companies have little or no incentive to report to police or otherwise collaborate with Swedish authorities or industry cross-border cooperation bodies.”