SWEDISH FA HITS BACK AT REGULATOR IN FOOTBALL BETTING SUSPENSION CLASH
The Swedish Football Association (SvFF) has hit out at the country’s gambling regulatory body, Spelinspektionen, for not prohibiting licensed operators from offering betting on a domestic football club competition, despite its warning of suspected match fixing.
Last month saw the SvFF reveal that it had received reports of match-fixing in 13 games withinDivision 2 Södra Svealand and advised Spelinspektionen to implement a prohibitive ban on operators which will allow them to bet on the competition.
However, it was seen that Spelinspektionen declined this request, where it said that the Swedish Gaming Act does not support prohibitions of other such measures, in order to combat the manipulation of sporting results. The regulator also said that it was working to develop regulations that will address the SvFF’s concerns.
The SvFF has now hit back with its general secretary saying that the organisation does not agree with the regulator’s “narrow interpretation” of the Gaming Act.
Sjöstrand said: “It must be possible for the responsible authority to make quick decisions in more urgent situations of this kind, otherwise, this must be clarified in the legislation.”
The SvFF were also seen to have written to a number of gambling operators in Sweden, where they requested that they halt any betting on the division. Svenska Spel has confirmed that it is no longer allowing betting, while Bethard, 888 and Unibet have also indicated that they will be following suit.
Sjöstrand added: “We hope that all serious companies will follow, despite the Spelinspektionen’s negative position. We cannot wait for the authority to finalise its regulations or to change the law.
“We are forced to devote considerable resources to monitoring and other measures.” Sjöstrand also urged authorities to join the organisation in the “fight” against corruption in sport.
As a result, the SvFF has committed to adopting enhanced measures in order to safeguard Division 2 Södra Svealand from manipulation for the rest of the season. This will include increased monitoring of matches and intensified monitoring of the gaming market to detect any deviations.