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German government adopts legislation to combat match-fixing

8th April 2016 7:47 am GMT

The German government has adopted new legislation that officially criminalises match-fixing and allows for better prosecution of sporting-related fraud.

The government said that sport plays a prominent role in German society and has great economic significance.

“Therefore 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 all cases.”

A number of loopholes have previously been identified in the fight against match-fixing, which in some cases prevented betting-related [...]

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