Allegations of a breach in the rules regarding betting on underage sporting events that had been levelled against four online betting companies have been dropped by the Swedish regulator.
Spelinspektionen had been considering the cases of online gaming operators ATG, Betsson, Hillside Sports and Spooniker, after all four companies had been suspected of offering online wagering on events that included betting on the performance of underage players.
The rules governing betting on such events are laid out in the Swedish Gambling Act, Chapter 8, and the four companies involved had been suspected of offering a variety of markets on a football match that featured players under the age of 18, including markets on whether an underage player would score a goal in the game in question, which would be illegal under Swedish law.
But after an investigation, Spelinspektionen have ruled that the companies had not violated the rules, as the players quoted in these markets were over the age of 18.
Earlier this year, the regulator had reiterated the dangers of offering markets on the performance of underage players, as it could potentially expose those players to manipulation.
One of the four companies in this ruling, Hillside, had previously been hit with a penalty of over £800,000 by Spelinspektionen for offering markets on football matches in which the majority of players involved were under the age of 18.
But although the four operators involved have been cleared of wrongdoing in this case, the regulator remains focused on improving the regulatory framework to tackle the risk of match fixing. Spelinspektionen confirmed that they were working on new regulations to tighten up the rules in this area, and that these would also address the issue of betting on the performance of under-18s.