said that sport plays a prominent role in German society and has great
it is necessary to fight sports betting fraud and manipulation by means of
criminal law,” it explained. “Under the existing law this was not possible in
number of loopholes have previously been identified in the fight against
match-fixing, which in some cases prevented betting-related fraud and
manipulation from being properly prosecuted.
example, an athlete could agree to manipulate the outcome of a contest in
return for money without actually doing so, and therefore evade prosecution.
Now, players will face prosecution, irrespective of whether they went ahead
with their plan to fix the outcome of a match.
new criminal provisions cover both domestic and foreign sporting events.
new legislation has been welcomed by Germany’s association of state lotteries,
the Deutsche Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB), which serves as one of the largest
sources of funding for organised sport in the country.
new bill closes the existing legal loopholes that have previously prevented the
prosecution of sports betting fraud and manipulation,” DLTB co-chief and LOTTO
Hamburg managing director Torsten Meinberg commented. “As a long-term partner
and promoter of sport we have been given further backing to protect its
these new penal provisions important steps have been taken to ensure sport
remains clean, in line with future changes to the Money Laundering Act and the
considerations for implementing the EPAS Convention (Enlarged Partial Agreement
on Sport) of the EU,” Meinberg’s DLTB co-chief and fellow LOTTO Hamburg MD
Michael Heinrich added.
negative side effects of gambling include sports betting fraud and the
manipulation of the competitions,” he continued. “Many vendors have pushed into
the lucrative German market, in particular without any consideration of the
legal framework in the past, fighting for every customer.
defined duties of care are barely observed, if at all, and this opens the
floodgates to illegal business practices. We welcome that the coalition
government now wants to put a stop to this.”
German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) also declared its support for the new
legislation, but took exception to the DLTB's inference that private operators
have failed to do enough to stamp out sport-related fraud.
are happy to see this bill enacted because it protects the integrity of sports
and therefore sports betting providers as well," DSWV president Mathias
Dahms said. "Together with sports, we as betting operators are the
principal victims of match-fixing.
particular the DLTB should be aware of [the effects of sports-related fraud],
since the only match-fixing case in Germany - the Hoyzer Affair in 2005 - was
conducted systematically through Oddset, the sports betting arm of the DLTB
companies, and created huge damage. Private providers, on the other hand, had
very well-functioning risk management systems at that time."
also noted that the DSWV is part of an expert group set up by the German
Interior Ministry to establish a national platform against betting
DLTB feels the breath of private competition down its neck and has tried to
distinguish itself through polemic and misinformation," Dahms expained.
would appreciate it, however, to be able to work objectively on expanding
Gambling regulation in Germany. There are clear common interests. To combat
gambling and betting manipulation is one key goal."