Spelinspektionen Asked To Drop Match Fixing Proposal

The Swedish gaming regulator Spelinspektionen, has been asked to drop a proposal that seeks to eliminate match fixing, in a statement made by both Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) and H2 Gambling Capital. The statement calls on the regulator to rethink this proposal, explaining that the measure would most likely push consumers to use operators with international licences.

Spelinspektionen had asked both H2 and BOS to give their opinion on the proposals the gaming regulator put forward last month. The law forbids local licenced operators from being able to offer odds on rule violations such as yellow football cards or tennis faults.

They trust, according to the regulator, that such measures will help stop the potential issue of match-fixing by eliminating any potential reward that players may receive from earning a yellow card or fault.

However, a study by H2 found that if Sweden were to enact this measure, it would not only lead to a 7.5 percent decrease in gross gambling revenue for local licenced operators, but would most likely lead to a 30 percent increase in revenue for foreign operators, which would mean a decrease in the state’s tax revenue.

They reported in the H2 study: “With the proposed product bans, we expect the unlicensed market will grow at a faster rate than the licensed market, leading to the continued erosion of the degree of channeling.”

H2 concluded that, instead of providing greater sport credibility, “by prohibiting the betting products that consumers can bet on from licenced companies, the regulator will not prevent betting in these ‘vulnerable’ areas, but will instead shift activity to unlicensed companies.”  The BOS report added that if players move to foreign operators, the opera will be licenced locally. That would eliminate the added safety of gambling organisations reporting to the regulator suspicious activity.

They pointed out that the opportunity to gamble on these offences is a small part of sports wagers, adding that “there is no basis for prohibiting, for example, which players will receive yellow and red cards and which players will attract penalty kicks.”