Bet365 operator Hillside Sports has received a warning and a SEK1m (£85,000/€98,000/$116,000) penalty fee from Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen after offering bets on a friendly match in which the majority of players were under 18.
The case concerned a training match played on 28 March, 2020 between Kronängs IF and Mariedals IK, for which Bet365 offered odds. A review of the match by Spelinspektionen showed that 24 of the 34 participants were under 18.
Chapter 8 section 2.2 of the Swedish Gambling Act says that betting may not be offered on “occasions where the majority of participants are under 18 years of age”.
Hillside contested that offering odds on the match was permissible, as it was not a match specifically for underage players. It added that it took immediate corrective action to ensure odds would not be offered on similar matches, including stopping betting on lower-division friendlies. All bets on the match were declared void.
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