Swedish Gambling Authority and IBIA join forces on sports betting integrity

The Swedish Gambling Authority (SGA), Spelinspektionen, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on sports betting integrity with the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). 

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The purpose of this MoU is for the pair to share information concerning suspicious betting activity identified on Swedish sport, with the IBIA representing the majority of the SGA-licensed betting market. 

In December 2023, the Swedish Government notified the European Commission that it intended to amend the Gambling Ordinance, which included proposals to make Sweden fully compliant with the Macolin Convention; and for the SGA to set up and run a platform for itself, licensed betting operators and national sports federations to share information about suspected match fixing. 

IBIA CEO Khalid Ali said: “IBIA is delighted to have reached this agreement with the Swedish Gambling Authority. The association is focused on working closely with the SGA to maintain the integrity of Swedish sport and the regulated betting market.

"The IBIA will utilise its global customer account transaction data to identify and report suspicious betting on Swedish sporting events to the SGA and engage in any related investigatory actions. Maintaining the integrity of the market is of paramount importance.”      

SGA Director-General Camilla Rosenberg added: “It is very important to us that information is shared regarding suspicious betting activity in order to maintain the integrity of sports.

"Therefore, we are delighted to have reached this agreement with IBIA which will be beneficial to our coordination of the national platform and general work against match-fixing. We look forward to our cooperation with IBIA.” 

Prior to the Christmas period, the IBIA praised pending changes to the sports betting laws in Brazil, which are intended to give operators and authorities stronger measures to deal with corruption in sports betting. 

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