Sweden Fines Four More For Underage Football Bets

Sweden has punished four further bookmakers, three of them subsidiaries of operator Cherry, for taking bets on matches featuring mostly underage players, handing out warnings and fines to licence holders.

Citing provisions in the law barring the practice and a heightened risk of susceptibility to match-fixing, the Swedish Gambling Authority (SGA) has handed out four fines to operators it says took bets on matches where most of the players were under the age of 18.

The largest fine was for Faster Ltd, the operator of Cherry's snabbare.com brand, which will have to pay SEK9.5m (€890,528). The SGA said the operator had taken bets on international football match Georgia U17s v Slovakia U17s on January 28 and Norwegian fixture Baerum SK U19 v Skeid U19 on April 17.

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