After receiving a request from the Swedish Football Association (SvFF), all betting markets and odds relating to the Division 2 Södra Svealand football league have been suspended by Svenska Spel after a number of suspicious betting patterns have been identified.
Following an investigation by a number of integrity monitoring bodies, it is estimated that ‘as many as 13’ matches are suspected to have been influenced by gambling activity. As a result of the revelations, the Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen has requested that a blanket ban on all odds on the league for all licensees in the market.
“The situation that has arisen is so serious that we are unfortunately forced to take action to suspend the betting markets to safeguard the integrity of the league and prevent manipulation for the rest of the season,” SvFF secretary general Håkan Sjöstrand explained.
While it has not yet been confirmed as to whether the regulator will go ahead with imposing a blanket ban, Svenska Spel has decided to suspend all betting markets relating to the league until further notice.
“We work daily to ensure that the gaming products we offer our customers are free from manipulation,” the operator’s head of sports betting and gaming security Dan Korhonen said. “In discussions with the Football Association, we have expressed our concerns about Division 2 Södra Svealand, as the number of matches under suspicion is so high that the integrity of the whole league can be questioned.
“We see no other solution than stopping all betting [on the league].”