The Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS) recently submitted its comments on the suggested anti-match fixing provisions from the Swedish Gambling Authority.

BOS has submitted its own reply (found here) and also an external report from the British consultancy H2 Gambling Capital (found here).

In short, both documents highlight that any restrictions on popular gambling products are unfortunately likely to strengthen match fixing. Restricting the offers of licensed companies will force betting out of the license system to the grey and black gambling markets.

  • It is crucial that the SGA understands the potential consequences and withdraws the suggested restrictions pending over the licensed companies. These operators cooperate with each other and the authorities to combat match fixing. If the licensees are not allowed to offer and monitor betting taking place, we are essentially blinding ourselves in the fight against match fixing.  We will have no idea what’s going on out there and any manipulation will slip under the radar, says Gustaf Hoffstedt