3rd December 2020

Five charged with match-fixing in Swedish football

Five people have been charged with being involved in match-fixing in Swedish football, the country’s public prosecutor has announced. The first case involves a player in Division 3 team Södra Götaland, who on six occasions from April to August 2019 received bribes from a person betting on the team losing. Both have been charged with violating Sweden’s Gambling Act. 

The second case involves a match in Sweden’s First Division (Allsvenskan) in May 2019, where an IF Elfsborgs player received a yellow card. After the match, the player received a large amount of money from people who had bet that he would receive a yellow card. The Swedish player and two people were charged with violating the Gambling Act. A statement from Elfsborg revealed that the match in question was the club’s 1-1 draw with FF Kalmar on 26 May 2019.

The charges came after Ardalan Shekarabi, Sweden’s Minister for Social Security, launched an inquiry into how to tackle unlicensed gambling and match-fixing at a 30 November press conference. Gunnar Larsson, the head of Sweden’s Legal, Financial and Administrative Agency (Kammarkollegiet) has been appointed to lead the inquiry. It is understood that the inquiry will explore the removal of obstacles to information sharing and will also consider if the Swedish gambling inspectorate’s (Spelinspektionen’s) approach to match-fixing needs to change.  

The Spelinspektionen recently banned operators from taking bets on rules violations during matches, also limiting football betting to Sweden’s top four divisions. The aim is to remove elements of a match that could be easily fixed, and also matches that are more susceptible to fixing.

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