Swedish Court rejects Svff’s appeal

The Court rejected the football association’s appeal regarding the board’s decision on licenses for betting.

Sweden.- The Court of Appeals of Sweden has rejected the Swedish Football Association’s (Svff) appeal in regards to a lawsuit placed last year after Spelinspektionen, the gambling regulator, introduced new restrictions.

The original lawsuit came after the gambling regulator presented new measures, which took effect on January 1, 2019, on what type of bets companies could offer.

Svff claimed that licences should not be allowed to offer bets on non-match events, like yellow cards or penalty kicks, or on lower-tier divisions because there is an increased risk of match-fixing.

Svff also requested the Court stop the new gaming licences in order to improve the regulation system and introduce new restrictions. Spelinspektionen said that as Sweden’s gambling regulator it had enough authority to establish licence restrictions and both the Administrative Court and the Administrative Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the watchdog.

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