The Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA) has launched an inquiry into the potential risks of match-fixing in the market. The focus of the investigation is on sports betting and amateur clubs such as the Toto KNVB Cup. The KSA has emphasized that gambling providers are prohibited from offering bets on just any match.
Match-fixing is defined by the KSA as when the outcome of a sporting competition is intentionally determined by a participant, such as a player, trainer, or referee, who deliberately loses or cheats. This unethical practice can lead to bribery, fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering.
Various providers have provided information to the KSA regarding several amateur teams, but the KSA has stated that this information and analysis needs significant improvement. They have discovered that bets were placed on amateur teams, revealing inconsistencies in how providers handle match-fixing obligations. Some providers outsource the identification and analysis of Toto KNVB Cup matches, while others provide varying levels of analysis, ranging from extensive to minimal.
The investigation has uncovered that not all providers are implementing the same measures to prevent betting manipulation, thus increasing the risks of match-fixing.
The consequences for being involved in match-fixing can be severe, depending on the duration, severity, and governing body involved. Recently, Bulgarian tennis official Stefan Milanov received a 16-year suspension from participating in or officiating tennis events authorized by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) due to his involvement in 17 breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program. Milanov was also fined $75,000.