Spelinspektionen, the Swedish gaming regulator, was heavily criticized by the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) for refusing to prohibit licensed operators in the country from offering bets during national football club competition, despite having been warned about the alleged match arrangement.
SvFF revealed that in July it received reports on the arrangement of 13 Södra Svealand Division 2 matches, so it advised Spelinspektionen to implement the express ban that game operators will bet during the competition.
Spelinspektionen rejected the request, claiming that the Swedish Game Law does not include prohibitions or any other prohibitive measures aimed at combating the manipulation of results in football or any other sport. However, the regulator said it is working on the development of regulations on this matter.
The SvFF responded through its general secretary, Håkan Sjöstrand that the organization disagrees with the “limited interpretation” that the regulator intends to give to the Swedish Gaming Law.
“It must be possible for the responsible authority to make quick decisions in more urgent situations of this kind, otherwise this should be clarified in the legislation,” said Sjöstrand.
Likewise, the SvFF took its own measures and communicated with several casino game operators in Sweden who asked to suspend any bet related to the football division.
SvFF’s request was welcomed by Svenska Spel who confirmed that it will not allow this type of bets, followed by 888, Bethard and Unibet who will do the same, they said.
Sjöstrand expects all serious gaming companies to support this request, despite Spelinspektionen’s refusal to ban bets.
“We cannot wait for the authority to finalize its regulations or change the law,” he said.
For its part, the SvFF undertook to take measures aimed at preventing the manipulation of match results in the remainder of the Södra Svealand Division 2 season. For this, it will carry out greater monitoring of the games and the gambling market to detect any type of manipulation.