Swedish regulator appoints match-fixing coordinator

Swedish regulator appoints match-fixing coordinator

Thursday, October 18, 2018 Posted by News Team
Sweden
Lotteriinspektionen also launches three responsible gaming links to be featured on all licensed sites

Swedish gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen has promoted Katarina Abrahamsson to lead its efforts to tackle match-fixing. 

In her new role, Abrahamsson will lead the Lotteriinspektionen’s anti-match-fixing council, which will also include representatives of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Swedish Police, as well as the Ministries of Finance and Social Affairs. There is scope to add new members, such as representatives of sports federations and betting trade bodies. 

Abrahamson is a lawyer by trade, who has most recently worked on the development of regulations and guidelines for the re-regulation of Sweden’s gambling market, which come into force from January 1st, 2019. As part of the shift to a new regulatory model, the Lotteriinspektionen is to be rebranded as the Spelinspektionen.

Previously she worked for Sweden’s Energimarknadsinspektionen, the body responsible for overseeing the supervision, regulation and licensing of energy companies in the country. 

"Katarina has extensive experience from previously organising cooperation between authorities and organisations, but also from working both nationally and internationally on regulation and coordination issues,” Lotteriinspektionen operations manager Patrik Gustavsson explained. “This experience is very important for the work done by the Spelinspektionen, with regard to tackling match fixing.”

A key change coming from January 2019 will be the establishment of match-fixing as a criminal offence, which Gustavsson noted was designed to support efforts to stamp out betting-related corruption. 

In related news, the regulator has finalised a set of three responsible gaming logos that must appear on all licensees’ sites from January next year.

Each must also link to a resource designed to help players keep their gambling habits under control. The first, which features two white vertical lines in a red circle, links to the Spelpaus solution, which allows a player to self-exclude from all licensed Swedish sites, similar to the UK’s Gamban. 

The second, Spelgränser, features a green clock and the Swedish Kronor symbol, and links to a page where users can set deposit and play session limits. The final logo, Självtest, features a dial, and links to a test that players can take to assess characteristics that govern their gambling behaviour, and to check whether they are in danger of developing problems.

The three symbols must be featured on all gaming machines, desktop and mobile gaming sites, and be locked into position, so that they remain visible even when players are scrolling down the page.

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