German Ice Hockey, SportsLawyer and Sportradar Launch New Anti-Matchfixing Process Model
Starting this season, the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) has decided to radically overhaul and update its approach to match fixing and manipulation. This approach involved the implementation of a brand new set of regulations related to match manipulation; a partnership with award-winning anti-matchfixing experts Sportradar to cover the detection and investigation of suspicious betting behaviour worldwide; and a partnership with German sports law specialists SportsLawyer to independently drive any resulting prosecutions.
The new regulations, developed by the highly respected German sports law scientist Professor Martin Nolte and Dr. Anja Martin of SportsLawyer, aim to protect the integrity of the league and its matches. They cover all persons and officials who are involved in the match operations of the DEL. This includes professional players, but also coaches, referees, medical staff as well as player agents. The regulations will focus in on betting and the trading of insider information, whether knowingly or unknowingly.
The outsourcing of both the monitoring, detection and investigation portion, as well as the evaluation and prosecution portion is a model which is sure to attract interest from other sports federations, as well as National Platforms as defined in the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions.
“We think that it makes sense for the DEL to safeguard the independence of the steps in the process, starting with the regulations adopted, through the monitoring, detection and investigation, right on through to any resulting prosecutions before the German Court of Arbitration for Sports. We genuinely feel that our cooperation with SportsLawyers and Sportradar could become a template for other German professional sports to follow”, explained Gernot Tripcke, Managing Director of DEL. “So far there have not been any concerns around the DEL or German ice hockey more generally. But we cannot be complacent. Betting interest in our matches is growing and so the potential risk of match-fixing cannot be ignored. We are confident that being proactive and setting up this process puts us in a strong position to prevent and deter integrity attacks”.
In addition, the DEL takes into account the requirements of the new criminal offenses of ‘sports betting’ and the ‘manipulation of professional sporting competitions’, which can also lead to the liability of the sports organizations if they fail to take the necessary compliance measures to prevent criminal offenses under sections 265c, 265d of the German Criminal Code.
The adoption of these criminal offenses in the spring of this year is the first major consequence of the signing of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competition by the Federal Republic of Germany; further measures are to follow, as combating sporting manipulations requires fast, determined and closed action by the state, sports and business.