Germany’s association of state-owned lottery operators, the Deutsche Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB), has condemned Deutsche Telekom’s plan to launch an online sports betting offering ahead of the conclusion of the country’s licensing process, calling on the federal government to intervene.

The current leaders of the DLTB, Saarland-Sporttoto managing directors Michael Burkert and Peter Jacoby, said the telecommunications giant was playing “a vile trick with Germany’s regulations.”

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