Sweden implements more online betting limits to counter match-fixing
15 September 2020
(PRESS RELEASE) -- On 14 September 2020, the Swedish Gaming Inspectorate's board decided on regulations and general advice in order to counteract match-fixing. The regulations are a complement to the provisions contained in the Gaming Act and the Gaming Ordinance.
The regulations will limit the permitted supply of betting through prohibitions and restrictions on betting with regard to:
- Violations of rules during matches, competitions and tournaments (for example, expulsions, penalties and yellow cards).
- Individual achievements of players under 18 years of age.
- Football in addition to the four highest divisions in Sweden or abroad, matches in the Swedish Cup and training matches other than for the national teams (U21 and up).
The regulations only apply to sports that are practiced in Sweden.
As a result of these prohibitions and restrictions, the Swedish Gaming Inspectorate assesses that there will be no reason to influence the outcome of gambling on the Swedish licensed market in the affected areas.
Football is a high-risk sport when it comes to match-fixing and there are special risks with low divisions. Surveillance is poorer and practitioners do not make money from their sport. The Swedish Gaming Inspectorate has therefore chosen to place special emphasis on football and has thus taken into account the views received from the consultative bodies.
- This is another step in the work of minimizing the risks of match-fixing and the threat to the integrity of sports that match-fixing poses, says Nicklas Hjertonsson, unit manager at the Swedish Gaming Inspectorate.
The regulations and general guidelines enter into force on 1 January 2021.