Dutch Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker has moved to allay concerns that the country’s Money Laundering Act will make it harder for sporting governing bodies to fight match fixing.
In the wake of MPs querying the impact of confidentiality protocols included in the legislation, Dekker has introduced a new fast-track reporting system. This is designed to ensure suspicious activity alerts are flagged with relevant sporting bodies as soon as possible.
The questions were raised by MPs Anne Kuik, Kees van der Staaij, Rudmer Heerema, Mirjam Bikker, Michiel van Nispen, Paul Van der Laan and Sidney Smeets, who has since resigned, in the wake of an article in the Dutch press.
This claimed the Money Laundering Act, which will come into force this year, would efforts to fight match-fixing.
Under the Act, all details relating to suspected money laundering must be reported to the country’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and otherwise not shared with anyone else. As match-fixing ma..