EU and EUROPOL Move Against Match-fixing: Failure is Still an Option

Morten Løkkegaard (Group of the alliance of liberals and demarcates in for Europe) member of the European Parliament. Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/PlaytheGame

In the Lisbon Treaty, sports recently got its own article (§165), but according to MEP Morten Løkkegaard the EU countries generally consider match-fixing a national matter.

Therefore, it is difficult for the countries to reach an agreement on how to fight it, especially since some states rely heavily on online sports-gambling, eg Malta.

In recent years, Europol has had success in uncovering match-fixing scandals, and has gained support in the EU for its endeavours. But, a steady stream of success is important to keep up the political momentum, as Morten Løkkegaard explains.

Failure is still an option

“The fight against match-fixing is on the right track politically, but failure is still an option”.

According to Chris Rasmussen of the World Lottery Association approximately 10-15 % of match-fixing is actually discovered and rapported, but the remainder still fly under the radar.

The need to fight match-fixing stems from the sobering realization that it is a billion dollar business, and the gains wind up in the pockets of organized crime.

Law is the weapon of choice
Common EU-legislature would go a long way in the prevention of match-fixing internationally.

But when the European Commission suggested a collaborative effort to create a European center against match-fixing, it fell trough because 1 of 27 states did not agree.

And as Morten Løkkegaard explains: “There can be no legislation without agreement”.

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