Sweden proposes rules to counter match-fixing

If the proposal takes effect, gaming companies in Sweden won’t be able to offer betting on a rule violation.
If the proposal takes effect, gaming companies in Sweden won’t be able to offer betting on a rule violation.

Spelinspektionen has issued a series of suggestions for regulations and general advice to counter match-fixing in Sweden.

Sweden.- Sweden continues to advance regulations to create a safer gambling industry, and as part of those attempts, the regulator Spelinspektionen has issued a number of suggestions and general advice to counter match-fixing.

A draft regulation, which is now being sent out for referral, prohibits certain bets on individual performance. If the proposal takes effect, gaming companies in Sweden won’t be able to offer betting on a rule violation. A clear example is not being able to bet on whether a football player receives a yellow card or if a tennis player makes double mistakes.

Spelinspektionen General Director Camilla Rosenberg said that the measure helps them counteract athletes that manipulate results themselves. It also helps with outsiders trying to influence an individual practitioner.

“The regulator considers that the measure is important in the work against manipulation of results, that is, match-fixing. The authority also proposes a ban on gambling on the individual performance of minors.”

“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,” said Camilla Rosenberg.

Comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted until February 14.

Swedish legislature rules on money laundering measures

Riksdag, the national legislature and the supreme decision-making body of Sweden, has decided on certain amendments to an Act on measures against money laundering and financing of terrorism. The new rules became effective on January 1, 2020.

Spelinspektionen said that it has decided to amend some provisions in the authority’s money laundering regulations in order to comply with the law. These changes establish that licensees must analyse what actions may be taken against employees.

Another modification focuses on the phrase “Security Police”, as with the new changes, it is given the same rights as the Police Authority to request information from operators.

The changes made by Spelinspektionen took effect on January 1, 2020, while the previous regulations on measures against money laundering and terrorist financing will be repealed, as per the regulator.

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