Sweden’s Crime Prevention Council (BRA) is to launch an investigation into match-fixing in the country as part of an effort to establish how the system works and who it involves.
Due to begin this autumn, the investigation was commissioned by the Swedish Sports Confederation, the Swedish Football Association national governing body and state-owned gaming operator Svenska Spel.
Results from the investigation, which are not expected until the summer of next year, will be used by authorities to develop a new strategy to help combat match-fixing in the country.
“Match-fixing is very serious and is a matter of credibility for the sport; to be effective, we need to gain more knowledge and this investigation will serve as an important basis to build on,” the Swedish Sports Confederation’s general secretary, Birgitta Ljung, said.
The BRA becomes the latest body in the last few weeks to launch an investigation into match-fixing, following the Italian Serie A and Spanish Liga top-tier club football competitions.
Lennart Source, chief executive officer of Svenska Spel, added: “The development we see is troubling and we must do everything we can, in both national and international contexts, so that our selections are safe for the sport and for our customers.
“Fair play is a prerequisite for competing on equal terms; it is also the foundation of our clients’ confidence in the game.”
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