Swedish online gambling trade association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) has opposed the regulator’s plans to bar operators from providing individual performance on certain markets.
Spelinspektionen revealed Tuesday that it had drafted legislation, currently awaiting review, which would mean that betting operators should not be offering betting markets on’ a rule violation or loss in parts. ‘ An operator would not be permitted, for example, to give bets on whether a football player would earn a yellow card or whether a tennis player would make double fault.
BOS claimed in a statement that implementing such regulations would prohibit the regulator from being able to effectively control betting corruption, and would simply ‘hand over important parts of the market to unlicensed gaming companies’.
Gustaf Hoffstedt, BOS secretary general, explained: “Of course, it is unfortunate if you open the door in this way for a decriminalisation of the manipulation of sports events. Spelinspektionen should, on the contrary, guard the games from cheating and pursue new opportunities to combat match fixing.
“The rhetoric is that the new regulations should prevent match fixing, but in reality it prepares its way. When you rob Swedish-licensed gaming companies of having complete betting portfolios, you hand over important parts of the market to unlicensed gaming companies. To contribute to the decriminalisation of some manipulation of sporting events is to ask for intensified problems with match fixing.”
In 2019, Swedish betting leadership urged Spelinspektionen to identify and clarify market wagering restrictions as the inspectorate fined several licenced operators for providing betting markets on ‘ the individual performance of under-18 players in football matches. ‘