Sweden’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has announced proposed new rules that are designed to tackle the threat of match-fixing in Swedish sport.
The proposals, which were revealed earlier this week would prevent betting companies from providing markets on some aspects of individual performance during sports matches.
The proposed legislation has been put forward for review, but if implemented, it would mean that gambling firms will not be able to offer markets on violations of the rules or what is described as ‘a loss in parts’. This means that companies would be unable to offer yellow card markets in football or markets on whether a tennis player will concede a double fault.
Speaking about the proposals, the General Director of Spelinspektionen, Camilla Rosenberg, said that they would work by targeting both the player who was prepared to fix elements of a game and those outside the sport who attempt to corrupt them. She also said that the regulator would continue to monitor the situation and would bring forward further proposals as required:
“When we have a decision on the regulations after a referral, we will continue to follow developments in this area. If it turns out that more measures are needed then we will take them.”
The regulator has also announced plans to ban the offering of markets based on the individual performances of players under the age of 18. The proposals reflect concerns expressed last year by senior figures in the Swedish betting industry, who wanted the regulator to provide more clarity in this area. The concerns expressed followed the regulator’s fining of a number of firms for offering markets around the performances of players who were under 18 at the time. But the industry reaction to the new proposals has been largely negative. Speaking for the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), its CEO, Khalid Ali, said that the proposed changes would not be effective as they didn’t target the markets most at risk of encouraging match fixing